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Hundreds of haredim gathered at Jerusalem's Givat Moshe neighborhood on Saturday afternoon to protest the operation of an Intel chip factory during Shabbat in the nearby Har Hotzvim industrial park. Two protesters were arrested during the demonstration.
Large police forces were deployed in the area, as protesters also made their way into the industrial part to protest near the factory.
Several protesters clashed with police and with Intel's security guards, and called the policemen "Nazis" and "murderers." They also shouted "Shabbes" and attacked reporters at the scene. Some of them hurled stones at the journalists and beat them.
Activists of the Forum of Organizations for Jerusalem's Freedom painted slogans on the sidewalks and hung banners in support of Intel near the industrial park.
The forum issued a statement explaining that the activists refrained from holding a counter-protest, following a request by the Intel management.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, Jerusalem Police arrested a young haredi man suspected of damaging Intel Corporation property during last week's demonstration. Some 2,000 haredim took part in last week's protest.
Later in the afternoon, some 200 haredim gathered at the corner of Shivtei Yisrael and Nevi'im streets and shouted slogans against Shabbat desecration. That area had been the site of numerous demonstrations over the past few months against the opening of the Carta parking lot, near Jerusalem's Old City, on Shabbat.