Earlier this month, YWN-Israel reported that tensions were rising between the sikrikim in Meah Shearim and Gerre Chassidim, resulting in disturbances in the Meah Shearim Shteibelach last Shabbos.
In what appears to be the next chapter in the quid pro quo chareidi violence, which seems to have escalated to street warfare. During the night on Tuesday-to-Wednesday, 27-to-28 Tishrei, an unspecified number of Gerre Chassidim spotted one of the sikrikim.
According to reports, a commercial vehicle was traveling on Tzefanya Street corner of Yona Street in Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood when the occupants, Gerre Chassidim, spotted one of the sikrikim they have been looking for in connection to the brawl which has resulted in threats against Gerre Chassidim accompanied by derogatory comments regarding the Rebbe Shlita.
Some 20 persons got out of the truck with sticks and batons and beat Avraham Hirschman, who was standing at that location.
Hirschman is reportedly a major player among the radical Meah Shearim element known today as the ‘sikrikim’. He is believed to have been behind the violence and destruction surrounding ‘Kollel Poland’ and the ‘Batei Warsaw’ as well as the attacks against the Ohr Chaim seforim store. Most pertinent to this case, he is believed to have ordered the attack against the son of the Rebbe Shlita, a resident of Meah Shearim. That seems to have been the red line that should not have been crossed.
According to preliminary reports from the trauma unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, the victim arrived in serious condition with internal bleeding, fractures, and head injuries. There are no reports of any arrests in the case at the time of this report.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)