Updated at 12:05 pm CDT
10 Arrests At Beit Shemesh Construction Site After Fight Between Haredim And Guards
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
An argument today at a Beit Shemesh construction site between haredi protesters and the site’s security guards and overseers reportedly escalated into a brawl that led to ten arrests, Ynet reported.
Haredi protesters broke through security, entered the construction site and intentionally obstructed the construction work.
As a result, a fight broke out between the haredim and the Arab security guards employed by the construction company.
At least one of the haredim claimed to have been struck with a metal rod. Police are investigating that claim.
An unidentified witness insisted that security guards blocked paramedics from entering the site and giving medical assistance to the wounded haredim until police arrived, Ynet reported.
"The first ambulance to arrive had difficulties getting in. Inside there were the wounded surrounded by the protesters. I treated two men with injuries to their faces, seemingly as a result of metal rods and stones. Two of the protesters were bleeding from their faces and another suffered an injury to his eye. The rest were hit on their backs,” David Cohen, a Magen David Adom paramedic, reportedly said.
Police detained two of the haredim, six security guards and two of the site's managers for questioning.
Six haredi demonstrators were injured. All were reportedly taken to hospitals in Jerusalem.
However, no ancient or modern Jewish graves have been discovered at the site according to Israel's Antiquities Authority and a plethora of non-Edah-Haredit haredi rabbis who have looked into the issue.
Just before Rosh Hashana, a compromise was worked out between Asra Kadisha’s rabbinic backer, Edah Haredit head Rabbi Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss and the haredi rabbis that oppose Asra Kadisha. It called for a Bnei-Brak-based inspector agreed on by both sides of the haredi divide to be appointed to watch over construction, making sure that no ancient Jewish graves were desecrated.
Despite that agreement, Asra Kadisha has continued to demonstrate at the site – apparently with backing of the Zalman Satmar faction.
Asra Kadisha is known for extorting (and physically attacking) developers and archaeologists until they pay Asra Kadisha money to end the harassment and violence. Yet, even though its extortion schemes were exposed in the Israeli media last year, it continues to function unabated because police have done little to stop it.