Haredi riot 311 R.
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800 orthodox protesters were attempting to block the intersection of
Rehov Hanevi'im and Rehov Strauss in Jerusalem Saturday afternoon. Police were dispatched to clear the intersection. Such
rallies have been held regularly for two years, but unlike the average
weekend demonstration of a few dozen young men, this week activists hoped
to draw hundreds or even thousands of members of the anti-Zionist
group, due to the announced participation of the head of Rabbi David
Kahn, head of the Mea She’arimbased Toldot Aharon hassidic sect.
said demonstrators were throwing rocks and other objects at officers.
Mounted police units managed to disperse many of the protesters into the
city's orthodox Mea She'arim neighborhood.
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Earlier Saturday, police said they were preparing for the
protest, which was held to mark 100 weeks since Jerusalem's Karta parking
lot near Jaffa Gate was opened on Shabbat by the municipality.
Last week, an arrest for tax evasion in Mea Sha’arim degenerated into
violence when hundreds of ultra Orthodox protesters threw rocks, steel
bars, and Molotov cocktails at municipality officials and police.
Five demonstrators were arrested, and six policemen were
injured. Five of the policemen were treated on the scene, and one was evacuated
to the hospital with a head injury. Police used force to disperse the
demonstrators, who protested from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Melanie Lidman and Jonah Mandel contributed to this report