Police arrest 4 stone-throwing haredim

By MELANIE LIDMAN
February 1, 2012 13:20

 
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Police arrested four men in the ultra-Orthodox Mea She'arim neighborhood in Jerusalem who threw stones at inspectors from the Tax Authority on Wednesday morning.

A crowd of dozens of residents gathered as the inspectors carried out a search on Spitzer Street in the heart of Mea Shearim. Some of the residents gathered began throwing stones at the inspectors from roofs of nearby buildings.

There were no injuries and the search continued after police arrested the men. Some of the most extreme haredi residents of Mea She'arim do not believe in the State of Israel and do not take part in civil life, including receiving national insurance or paying taxes.

Because their businesses are not registered and they do not pay taxes, the businesses are considered illegal and the Tax Authority can close them.

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