During the funeral of Rabbi Levi Hacohen Rabinowitz, the author of the Ma’adanei Hashulkan, which was attended by top haredi rabbis from across Jerusalem, Dovid Noach Krauss (also spelled Krause) – a leading member of the haredi Sikrikim / Sicarri gang – used his eulogy to scream slogans against Edah Haredit’s #2 rabbinic leader Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, who heads Edah’s beit din.
Haredi Sicarii Gang Member Beaten, Peyos Cut Off, After Outburst At Rabbi’s Funeral
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
During the funeral of Rabbi Levi Hacohen Rabinowitz, the author of the Ma’adanei Hashulkhan, which was attended by top haredi rabbis from across Jerusalem, Dovid Noach Krauss (also spelled Krause) – a leading member of the haredi Sikrikim / Sicarri gang – interrupted the main eulogy, which was delivered by Edah Haredit’s #2 rabbinic leader Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, who heads Edah’s beit din.
Krauss interrupted by shouting slogans against Sternbuch, greatly angering much of the crowd, and some of its members, including a number of yeshiva students, beat Krauss, Behadrei Haredim reported, cut off his peyos and ripped off much of his clothing above the waist.
Krauss’ gang has been harassing Sternbuch and many other haredi rabbis over a large haredi housing construction project in Beit Shemesh. The gang and its close affiliate, the Edah Haredit-linked Atra Kadisha graves protection organization, believe ancient Jewish graves are being disturbed at the construction site, which is owned by a haredi Jew. Atra Kadisha is backed by Edah Haredit’s top rabbinic leader, Rabbi Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss. Under halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) it is frequently forbidden to disturb or move graves.
But the vast majority of haredi rabbis, including Sternbuch and few other members of the vehemently anti-Zionist Edah Haredit, say there are no Jewish graves, ancient or otherwise, at that construction site to be disturbed or moved, and therefore these rabbis support the construction.
Their haredi opponents from Atra Kadisha and the Sikarii gang responded by launching a long campaign of threats, harassment and even violence against the Sternbuch and others. Sternbuch’s own son has twice been attacked. The elderly haredi man who is behind the construction was beaten in a home invasion allegedly carried out by the Sikrikim. Sikrikim have rioted alongside Atra Kadisha at the construction site, as well.
An exposé in the Israeli media previously documented Atra Kadisha extorting developers, construction companies and archeologists and threatening them with death if they did not comply with Atra Kadisha’s demands – which most often have to do with construction companies and developers hiring Atra Kadisha rabbis as site mashgiachs (religious supervisors) to ensure no graves are disturbed and paying Atra Kadisha a supervision fee.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) sends archeologists to excavate most construction sites in the country, including the one in question here, before construction begins and then again during the construction process. The IAA cleared the site for construction several years ago.