Mea Shearim 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
A police representative announced in court last month that Jerusalem’s
Mea She’arim neighborhood has become a no-go zone for the men in blue.
Every time police enter, the official explained, they encounter
violence from ultra-Orthodox extremists. And that is why they failed to
arrest a criminal suspect for over a month despite knowing exactly
where in the neighborhood he was.Nor
is Mea She’arim the only place where police face such problems. Many
Arab towns and neighborhoods have similarly been declared no-go zones
because police operations there routinely spark violence. Jewish
extremists in the West Bank seem to be trying to gain the settlements
such status as well: They regularly attack soldiers and policemen
enforcing the planning and building laws.