The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 7 Elul 5773 extended the remand of 20 of 29 chareidim arrested during stormy protests surrounding the controversial Binyan Shalem project in Beit Shemesh. The protest surrounded Asra Kadisha fears that the construction project compromises Jewish kevarim in that area.
According to Post Chadashot, the suspects in detention are not cooperating with police as they prefer to remain silent. The court extended their remand because they refused to identify themselves to police. Those suspects who were released were slapped with restrictions, including distancing them from the construction site for 90 days. They also had to put up bail prior to their release.
The renewed protests on Wednesday, 8 Elul 5773 and meetings with Gedolei Yisrael by Asra Kadisha officials seem to have led to the decision to halt construction indefinitely. HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita has appointed three dayanim to meet with experts and announce a psak Halacha regarding the future of the project.
However, on Wednesday, in line with approval of unnamed rabbonim, construction resumed in areas that are not viewed as controversial as opposed to the areas where bones were found in the past.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)