Jerusalem - Charedim Arrested as Shabbat Parking Lot Dispute Turns Violent
As if to remind us that amid the hullabaloo about the “child-starving mother” case, they had not forgotten their fight over the Shabbat opening of the Carta garage, 700 of haredim rioted in Jerusalem on Saturday evening over the parking lot, which has now been open for six successive Saturdays.
A secular group greeted lot’s visitors with flowers, cheering the police and taunting the protesters. At one point a fight erupted between the two sides, and police had to break things up.
Fifteen people were arrested as several of the protesters tried to block the entrance to the parking lot, some of them lying down in the road in front of vehicles, and others attempted to break a police blockade near Shivtei Yisrael Street threw eggs and spat on officers, at the entrance to Mea She’arim.
A police officer was lightly wounded when he was bitten by a protester in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood.
Not for the first time, the rioters shouted “Nazis” and “Jew haters” at both police and journalists. The protesters demanded they “go back to Germany.” The ultra-Orthodox men called an Ethiopian policeman “bitter chocolate” and “nigger” and told him to “go back to Ethiopia” or to go back to the cowshed.”
Security forces dispersed the rioters using water cannons and other means.
This was the most violent protest in two weeks, after demonstrations in the capital subsided during the fast day of Tisha B’Av, and after the ultra-Orthodox child who may have been starved by his mother was released from hospital.
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