Yochanan Danino GOOD 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Israel Police is set to launch a crackdown on Haredi extremists in Beit
Shemesh, which will include on-the-spot arrests for verbal abuse.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said hundreds of officers are being deployed to the
town to reinforce the Beit Shemesh police station.
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“According to the law,
verbal abuse and spitting are considered assaults,” Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem
. “We’ve stepped up our presence around Beit Shemesh and will continue to
work against illegal conduct.”
Police will also return to sites of
removed street signs that called for the segregation of women on sidewalks, and
ensure that the old signs are not replaced, Rosenfeld added.
plans to step-up enforcement, Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino
believes his force cannot – and should not – form the sole response to the
growing problem of segregation of women by haredi men in the public
Although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on police in
recent days to increase enforcement against the phenomenon, Danino responded
pointedly to such comments by noting that his officers have been dealing with
the issue for a lengthy period.
“We identified the... segregation of
women [by Haredi extremists] a while ago,” Danino told the Knesset’s Foreign
Affairs and Defense committee this week. “We acted accordingly, and we will
continue to fight with determination to increase the number of indictments and
arrests,” he added, stressing that the issue is “firstly a social
“The solution can’t come from the police alone,” Danino
On Sunday, Danino said police “didn’t need any reminders” about
ongoing gender segregation and the harassment of citizens by religious