Haredi riots in Jaffa 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
of haredim were involved in violent
riots in Jaffa on Wednesday, in Rehov Louis Pasteur around
the site of an archeological dig. Police
said the demonstration was illegal, that they were attacked with
bricks and rocks and that the demonstrators set fire to trash cans. There
were attempts to knock policemen from their horses and five
policemen were reported injured.
The haredim maintain that the works desecrate the sanctity of ancient
bones at the site. Rabbi Tuvia Weiss, the senior rabbinic leader of
the Eda Haredit Badatz (rabbinical court), was on the scene to encourage
and lead a prayer against those working at the site.
demonstrators broke into the old Jewish cemetery, which is close to the
site of the dig.
Pasteur and Yefet
Street are closed to traffic.
couple of days ago, two
hundred haredim protested near the site and three demonstrators were
arrested. Israel Antiquities
Authority (IAA) reported that vandals
had ransacked an archaeological excavation of buildings from the
late-Ottoman period in Jaffa on Sunday night.
done to these impressive buildings from the late Ottoman era is
irreversible," said Dr. Yoav Arbel, director of the excavation. The
archaeological dig is taking place before the construction of a
demonstrated against archaeological digs in the area several times
because of their opposition to disturbing Jewish graves on the site.