The haredi “million man” protest against the government and the proposed draft law will gridlock Jerusalem – largely because the city is allowing haredim to block the city’s main entrance and its main road and cut off access to the city’s bus station.
Haredim Allowed To Close Much Of Jerusalem For Massive Anti-Draft Protest
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The haredi “million man” protest against the government and the proposed draft law will gridlock Jerusalem – largely because the city is allowing haredim to block the city’s main entrance and its main road and cut off access to the city’s bus station, Ha’aretz reported.
A stage will be built on Jaffa Road at the entrance to the city and, as a result, several other roads at the entrance to Jerusalem will be closed to traffic.
The main bus terminal and the city’s light rail system will be reportedly be closed from midday onward.
Massive traffic jams are expected.
The protest could have been held in a large city park or in a haredi neighborhood. Instead, it its being held in the center of the city and will cause massive disruptions for city residents, many of whom support the prosed draft law.
The councils of Torah sages of the Agudat Yisrael (UTJ), Degel Hatorah (UTJ) and Shas parties issued an unprecidented joint statement announcing the “prayer rally and mass protest” earlier this week.
They have now been joined by the anti-Zionist Edah HaChareidit haredi umbrella organization, by right wing haredi-Zionsit-Orthodox rabbis like Shlomo Aviner, by leading Chabad messianist rabbis Gedaliya Axelrod, Baruch Yurkovitch and Yeshayahu Hertzel, and by Chabad rabbis affiliated with Rabbi Sholom DovBer Wolpe’s arguably seditious SOS Israel organization.
Haredi children from the age of 9 have been ordered by haredi leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman to attend the protest, as have all haredi yeshiva students. Shteinman also ordered haredi women and girls in the capital to attend the protest.
The wives of 18 Members of Knesset from the haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) parties sent a letter to Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that warned of harm that could happen her husband unless he blocks the draft bill.
“Woe betide a generation whose prime minister is declared for generations as a religion-eradicator and as a fighter against the Torah and its students. Turning Torah students into criminals will have dire implications, which will cast the mark of Cain [on your husband] forever,” the haredi MKs wives reportedly wrote.