Haredim plan a mass protest in Beit Shemesh against the Orthodox Zionist girls' grade school, Orot Banot, that is located adjacent to a haredi neighborhood in Beit Shemesh. Haredim have previously assaulted little girls, pelted them with eggs and tomatoes, stoned a little boy, tried to rush and take over the school, threatened to injure or kill the girls, and fought with Modern Orthodox parents, all because haredim consider the little girls to be immodestly dressed. Today's demonstration is endorsed by several haredi rabbis.
Update 2:05 pm CDT – Here's another pashkvil for today's demonstration. This one lists the endorsing rabbis:
Update 2:25 pm – The Jerusalem Post has a news brief reporting that "hundreds" of haredim joined the protest.
Update 2:55 pm CDT – Here's a report from an eyewitness to today's protest:
i drove to the site of the demonstration, which is about 300 yards up the block from Orot, at about 6:30 pm (Israel time) and there were maybe 200 people there to start their protest. they davened mincha and said some slichos etc and then the "rabbis" speeches started, and continued till around 9:30pm when they finished with "Hashem hu haelokim" which we say at the end of Neila on yom kippur.
at the height of the evening there were maybe 500 sickos there, plus a few hundred chareidi onlookers
considering all those rabbis names on the posters, this was a big flop.
everything went peacefully, maybe because there was a strong police and border patrol presence. during this entire time there was a "parents orientation night" going on at Orot as previously scheduled so i am glad the school's staff and parent body were not intimidated
I wouldn't call 500 a "big flop," but it wasn't the massive turnout some feared.