It’s an annual event, occurring on Pesach and on Chol Hamoed Sukkos, the conflict surrounding the chareidi presence in the Anabe Park in the city of Modi’in. Many Modi’in residents explain that they are not bothered by the fact chareidim from nearby Modi’in Illit visit their community, but they are bothered when the visitors are inconsiderate and at times, try to impose their lifestyle on community residents wishing to enjoy the park’s facilities.
Seeking to preempt a dispute, the officials of the communities of Modi’in and neighboring Maccabim-Reut have announced that entry to the park over the yomim tovim will be restricted to residents. They explain that the influx of the thousands of visitors creates an untenable situation since there simply is not sufficient space.
Walla News reports that city officials admit there is another reason, explaining most of the visitors come from Modi’in Illit and they “shove aside” the local residents during the holiday season.
The communities are hiring a security firm and guards will be posted to ensure only community residents and their guests enter the park.
Walla adds Modi’in Illit officials responded saying “We don’t need their favors. It is better that our pure children are spared the pritzus seen in the park and its surroundings. It is simply a sign from the Heavens for us.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)