Top ultra-Orthodox officials on Sunday accused police of ongoing clashes between police officers and opponents of the Bnei Brak lock restrictions as new riots broke out in the town of Haredi.
Protesters in the suburbs of Tel Aviv pushed garbage containers into the street and set them on fire, and one video shows police officers being shot at with fireworks.
Protesters also threw stones at and commanded the bus, forcing the driver to flee, Hebrew media reported.
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After midnight, a group of young men attacked another bus, throwing it off the road and setting it on fire.
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Police said the violence would not deter them and promised to continue to block the national coronavirus.
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The latest clashes followed when deputies from the Judaism party of the United Torah and other Haredi officials held a meeting on the roof of the town hall Bnei Brak, blaming the violence directly on the police, and not on the protesters.
“Israeli police have been blaming the disaster in our city for several days,” said Bnei Braka Mayor Abraham Rubinstein.
He accused the police of “provocative activities” and “collective punishment” against the inhabitants of the city.
Among the UTJ MPs present were Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman and MK Moshe Gafni, close political allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“It is inconceivable that the police will close the neighborhood due to violations on the beach in Tel Aviv and shoot explosives, smoke grenades and spray there. [mace] as they did here in Bnei Brak on Thursday night and today, ”Gafni said.
Gaffney also said that prominent rabbi Haredi Chaim Kanievski called for an end to the protests and “terrible things” that the police allegedly did to the residents of Bnei Brak.
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After the meeting, Rubinstein and his deputy were attacked by ultra-Orthodox rioters as they walked through a crowd of protesters in the city.
The two were pelted with eggs, stones and other objects and were forced to flee, and reports say security guards had to use pepper spray to remove the mafia.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu was asked about conversations with leading rabbis and why he recently spoke with Kanyevsky’s grandson about closing schools during the lockdown, and not about the rabbi himself.
“Rabbi Kanijevski is not available. Everyone who talks to him talks to his grandson. I also talked to my grandson. I do not see this as an insult, “he said during a press conference.
Responding to growing criticism of him, Netanyahu added: “I did not pray … I said follow the guidelines. That is my message to the rabbi and he conveyed the message I hope. I don’t know if that will have an impact. “
Critics have accused Netanyahu of avoiding repressing Haredi’s public so as not to anger his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners.
On Sunday, ultra-Orthodox TV interlocutors used images of the Holocaust to describe the alleged excessive force used by police officers as they faced allegations of widespread violence against police officers doing their job trying to enforce a coronavirus blockade.
Nathan Rosenblatt, a resident of Modiin Illit, told Channel 12 nev that “Kristallnacht police conducted in Bnei Brak last week”, referring to “a night of broken glass” in 1938 when Nazi forces destroyed Jewish property in Germany, including hundreds of synagogues. and thousands of businesses and arrested more than 30,000 Jews.
A representative of the extremist Jerusalem faction accused the police officers of carrying out a “pogrom”, in an interview for the network.
Earlier on Sunday, a police officer fired into the air after rioters surrounded and pushed him and other police officers while enforcing locking rules in Bnei Brak.
The incident occurred amid clashes in at least three cities across Israel as police tried to enforce restrictions on locking the coronavirus.
Police said that the policeman felt a “sting” in the back with a blunt object, and that is why he fired shots into the air in order to drive the protesters back.
A police statement states that the police officer suffered head injuries during the conflict and that he was provided with medical assistance.
“We will work on locating and completely bringing violators of the law to justice,” the police said.
During the conflict in Bnei Brak, extremist ultra-Orthodox mobs attacked journalists and photographers of the main networks Kanal 13 and the public broadcaster Kan, throwing various objects at them, including stones.
The video shows journalists running down the street, unable to escape the attack, asking the store owners for shelter.
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Police Chief of Investigation Roy Waldman said in an interview with Channel 13 that “anarchy reigns in the streets” and condemned what he called “a state within a state”. He singled out the hard group of the Jerusalem faction and the Hasidic dynasty of Viznits.
Speaking at a meeting on Sunday night in Bnei Brak, Litzman said that resorting to the use of weapons is unacceptable. “The next defense minister will call the air force,” he accused.
Clashes erupted last week between police and rioters who opposed restrictions on the coronavirus lock in Bnei Brak, after a mob in the city injured a police officer on patrol. At least six people have been arrested for disturbing the peace. The rioters belonged to the extremist faction of the Hasidic sect Vižnic, according to Jewish media reports.
Since then, there have been several additional reports of locking violations among ultra-Orthodox, including a mass wedding in Beit Shemesh on Sunday that police broke up, leading to clashes.