Haredi protest may bring down King David

Haredi deputy mayor asks to move donated statue of a modestly dressed, harp-playing King David further away from his own tomb on Mount Zion.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
September 14, 2010 05:06
A statue of King David in Jerusalem.

311_King David statue. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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A four-meter-tall statue of King David that stands outside of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion may be moved following intense Haredi opposition. The statue, which features the king holding a harp and draped modestly in fabric, was donated by the St. Nicholas Church and had passed all of the necessary steps of approval before it was erected, Ynet reported Monday.

Six months ago, Haredim were caught slathering red paint on the statue, which took five sanitation workers to clean.


The matter was mostly forgotten until ultra-Orthodox city council members, including Deputy Mayor Yitzhak Ze’ev Pindrus, announced they were asking to move the statue to a different place on Mount Zion farther from the tomb, or a public park. Some opposition members are worried that honoring this demand will lead to a host of other requests to move statues in the capital.

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