15 arrested as haredim protest Barzilai graves' removal

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 16, 2010 09:39

 
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Fifteen haredi protesters were detained overnight Saturday, as earthwork to remove the pagan graves near Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center and construction of the hospital’s reinforced emergency department began, under the close watch of large numbers of security forces including anti-terror squads.

Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman said on Saturday night that the Israel Police told him it would act with determination to prevent haredi rioters from interfering with the work, as archeologists began to clean the area.

Some 30 haredi protesters from Jerusalem came to the hospital to protest moving the graves, while haredim burned trash cans in the capital's Mea She'arim neighborhood.

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