Haredi man near a bus 311.
(photo credit: (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))
The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday extended the remand of a haredi man arrested for violence during protests in Beit Shemesh this week.
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Moshe Friedman is charged with common assault, assaulting a public servant and insulting a public servant, after he allegedly used force to prevent a TV crew from interviewing a municipal official during a protest against gender segregation in Beit Shemesh on Monday.
Friedman, who allegedly called the municipal official a Nazi, is also charged with obstructing a police officer during the same incident.
A second charge against Friedman alleges that he spat at a reporter in a separate incident in September.
Friedman’s attorney, Yair Nehorai, asked that Friedman be released to house arrest, arguing that “thousands” of haredi men had shouted that the police were Nazis and killers, but Friedman had only been arrested because he spoke with the media.
However, prosecuting attorney Liness Hemed said that Friedman was a danger to the public, and that he was part of a radical religious sect attempting to establish its territory in Beit Shemesh by removing those who did not belong to it.
Judge Avital Chen said that since Friedman is facing charges from two separate incidents, he did not see fit to allow him to be released to house arrest at this stage, but ordered the probation service to file a full report on the matter.