Haredim Riot, Bystanders Injured
Two people who were riding on a motorcycle along Highway 1 sustained serious and moderate injuries overnight Thursday when they crashed into a trash bin that had been pushed onto the road by rioting haredim.
East Jerusalem motorcyclists crash into trash bin pushed onto Highway 1 by haredim. Paramedics say rioters disrupted efforts to treat wounded menShmulik Grossman • Ynet
Two people who were riding on a motorcycle along Highway 1 sustained serious and moderate injuries overnight Thursday when they crashed into a trash bin that had been pushed onto the road by a group of ultra-Orthodox.
More than 200 haredim began rioting Wednesday evening on Jerusalem's Shivtei Yisrael Street in protest against the construction work at Jaffa's Andromeda Hill complex.
The demonstrators clashed with police for a few hours, and shortly after midnight some of the rioters pushed a trash bin onto the nearby Highway 1. A motorcycle rammed into it, and the driver and passenger were flung into the air from the impact.
Police said one person suffered serious injuries while the other sustained moderate wounds. The injured, residents of east Jerusalem, were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics and then evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Paramedics said haredim tried to prevent them from treating the wounded.
On Wednesday the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) faction asked Religious Services Minister Yakov Margi (Shas) to instruct authorities to cease construction at Andromeda due to the discovery of ancient Jewish graves at the site. UTJ says the construction constitutes a breach of the coalition agreement.
UPDATE 1:40 pm CDT – Haredim riot again.
Ynet has another piece on new haredi riots that includes an interview with one of the motorcyclists hurt last night, who says haredim laughed at him after he was thrown from his motorcycle and did not offer him any help as he lay immobile in road screaming in pain:
Haredim clash with police in Jaffa; Arab man hurt in earlier riot: They wanted to kill me
Yoav Zitun • Ynet
About 200 haredi protesters clashed with police Thursday over archeological excavation works at the Andromeda complex in Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv.
The protesters dubbed police officers as "Nazis," "murderers," and robbers," while hurling eggs and water bottles at them. Three demonstrators were held for questioning, while others donned yellow construction helmets bearing the caption: "Protective gear against police violence."
Some protesters yelled at the police officers: "You're treating us worse than the way you treated the Turks," referring to the recent flotilla incident. Leaflets brought by the protesters read: "May the arms of the infidels who desecrate the graves be cut down."
Earlier Thursday, a vehicle belonging to the Electra company was torched in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood by haredi boys, also in connection to haredi anger over the works. Neighborhood residents put out the fire themselves.
Wednesday night, hundreds of haredim rioted in Jerusalem to protest the excavation work. Two motorcyclists traveling on Highway 1 crashed into a garbage dumpster pushed into the road by protesters, sustaining serious and moderate wounds.
'They wanted to kill me'
One of the wounded, 24-year-old Tamer Yagmor, spoke to Ynet from his hospital bed Thursday.
"They wanted to kill me," he said. "They were laughing and did not offer any help."
"I hit the pavement and hurt my head and my body. I was screaming in pain and couldn't move, yet nobody came. I looked at the haredim and they laughed," he said.
Yagmur suffered fractures in both arms, blows across his body, and also broke his thigh. He is expected to undergo surgery soon. The young Arab man said that following the incident he will never take the same road again.
"I'm sick and tired of it. I will not drive there, in Mea Shearim or any of their neighborhoods. A normal person does not behave the way they behaved," he said. "For me there is no difference between Arabs and Jews. We're all the same and we need to behave properly."