haredi hard hat 311.
(photo credit: Dan Morgan)
The Eda Haredit organization has asked the High Court of Justice to halt the
construction work on Jaffa’s Andromeda Hill development.
Three members of
the ultra- Orthodox group, which recognizes neither the State of Israel nor its
legal establishment, on Thursday filed a petition to the court against Interior
Minister Eli Yishai (Shas), Religious Services Minister Ya’acov Margi (Shas),
the Antiquities Authority, the municipal planning authorities and the companies
conducting the construction, demanding the immediate cessation of the work that
is “disproportionately violating human dignity, the dignity of the dead and
The petition comes after a lull in the ongoing
demonstrations at the site – where human bones were found – during which police
didn’t hesitate to use force to distance haredi protesters, affiliated primarily
with the Eda Haredit and Atra Kadisha, a group dedicated to safeguarding ancient
According to the Kikar Hashabbat website, the petition was
supported by head of the Eda Haredit Badatz rabbinic court, Rabbi Tuvia
“The state left us no choice; we tried every other avenue to
prevent the desecration of the graves, this is the last measure,” Eda Haredit’s
strategist, Yoelish Krauss, was quoted as saying.
Last month, the wall
surrounding the construction site collapsed, in what was seen by some as a
divine intervention in response to their prayers.
The more temporal forms
of protest against the dig have also spread to the United States, where members
of groups affiliated with the Eda Haredit protested in front of the RFR Holding
LLC headquarters in New York in August. RFR had partnered with Israeli company
Electra to build the luxury apartments in Jaffa.
Following a haredi
consumer- boycott against Electra, which also makes air conditioners, the
company announced its withdrawal from the project.
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