Police on Tuesday 3 Elul 5772 arrested Rav Reuven Martzbach of the Eida Chareidis during a protest in Beersheva at the Karaso building project in the city. Rav Martzbach, a leader of the Neturei Karta faction, refused to identify himself when requested to do so by police following his arrest for disorderly behavior. As such, police refused to release him.
The project involves the construction of a new City Hall complex, and there are fears of kevarim on the site. As a result, some of the plans were modified but not to the satisfaction of the Asra Kadisha rabbonim.
The company turned to gedolei yisrael, and obtained a letter of support from HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch, and HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz.
Eida Ravaad Rav Sternbuch has recently come out against Asra Kadisha, insisting they are makpid where they should not be and are too lenient where the situation calls for stringency.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)