150 Haredim Protest, Try to Block Road, Spit On Cars
But even though no haredim were arrested, police detained two secular teenagers for responding to the haredim by spraying them with water as they drove by in a car.
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Even though at least 150 haredim tried to block roads, spit on passing cars as they screamed insults, and disobeyed police orders as they yet again protested what they consider to be Sabbath desecration by non-haredim, no haredim were arrested.
The same, however, can’t be said for the secular Jews subjected to the haredi attacks.
Ynet and the Jerusalem Post both report that police detained two secular Jews who drove past the demonstrating haredim and sprayed them with water.
Police labeled the actions of the two non-haredi youth a “provocation,” and took the two secular teens for questioning.
Years of police tolerance for extreme haredi behavior, including violence, was supposed to have been overturned with the appointment of a new Jerusalem police chief last year.
But many observers believe the right of center government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – even with its current super-majority – lacks the political will and the desire to truly crack down on haredi violence and crime.