J'lem police chief compared to Nazi

Posters protesting Gay Pride Parade demand Franco to "go back to Germany."

haredi riots 298.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
haredi riots 298.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
As riots over the planned Jerusalem Gay Pride parade continued in Jerusalem's Haredi Mea Shearim neighborhood, police discovered in several local synagogues posters comparing Jerusalem Police District Commander Ilan Franco to SS officer Franko Schmidt, who was a guard at the Treblinka concentration camp. For a Jerusalem Online video of events click here The posters called for the police chief to "Go back to Germany." Police were searching for the perpetrators, Army Radio reported.
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  • Behind the Lines: Pride, Prejudice, and Pyrrhic victories Friday witnessed an encore to Thursday night's protest, as hundreds of haredim once again took to the streets of Jerusalem to protest the parade planned for next week. In Mea Shearim, haredim hurled garbage and set fire to dumpsters in Shabbat Square. No one was wounded. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court remanded for two more days four of the haredi men who were arrested on Thursday. Five police officers and one Ha'aretz photographer were lightly wounded on Thursday night by protesters, who burned trash and tried to block off a main road as they threw stones, steel pipes, gasoline, chairs, eggs, and whatever other objects they could find at police who arrived to restore order. About 2,000 protesters came out for a third night in a row of demonstrations against the city's decision to hold the parade in the capital. "We tried to block Bar Ilan Street," one protester told Army Radio, "but we couldn't do it. Automatically, within half a minute, six or seven horses tore into the crowd..." Police arrested 25 people for disturbing the peace. Jerusalem district police chief Ilan Franco sounded optimistic about the situation, saying the latest violence would probably not prevent the parade, but that police continued to examine situation daily, weighing all available information ahead of making a recommendation Sunday as to whether holding the parade next week will be advisable. On Tuesday, four policemen were lightly injured by stones in a riot in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood. Nine protesters were detained by police. On Thursday evening, a makeshift explosive device was discovered at the entrance to the neighborhood police station in the West Bank settlement of Eli. The bomb was connected to a sign that read: "Sodomites Out!." Bomb disposal teams destroyed the homemade device, which police said was "primitive but dangerous," in a controlled explosion. Police did not immediately arrest any suspects in the incident.