As police reportedly stood by and did nothing, hundreds of Jews reportedly stoned cars in Jerusalem after Yom Kippur Kol Nidre services Tuesday night, damaging dozens of vehicles – including many that were marked as belonging to local hospitals.
Jews Stone Cars On Yom Kippur
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Hundreds of Jews reportedly stoned cars in Jerusalem after Yom Kippur Kol Nidre services Tuesday night, damaging dozens of vehicles.
Some of the damaged cars belong to Palestinians who use Hebron Street in southern Jerusalem to travel to and from the city and Bethlehem. But many other stoned vehicles belong to hospitals.
Eyewitnesses told Ha’aretz that police came to the area but did nothing to stop the rock throwing.
The Yerushalmim Movement warned police in writing before Yom Kippur that stoning cars had taken place in the previous years after Kol Nidre at that location, noted its previous oral warnings to police had not been heeded, and asked police to act to prevent the stoning from taking place this year. "I hope that this appeal in writing will be taken more seriously than warnings relayed by phone in past years," Rafael Lichman, representing Yerushalmim, wrote.
But Ha’aretz reports that police did not try to stop the rock throwing Tuesday night.
When Kol Nidre ended, a mob of hundreds of people, mostly teens, massed at the corner of Hebron and Bethlehem streets.
"I left synagogue and went to that area at around 8:45 P.M., and [watched as] the first car was damaged just a few minutes later," Lichman told Ha’aretz.
Gideon Levy, a 24-year-old who lives in the area, told Ha’aretz that he saw 15 instances that rocks thrown by the mob damaged cars. "Each time a car passed by, even if it had a sticker saying 'in hospital service,' they tossed rocks at it," he said.
Lichman and other witnesses saw dozens of cars damaged.
The haredi presence in southern Jerusalem has been rapidly growing over the past decade.