Jerusalem Police are changing tactic in how they deal with extremist Chareidi elements who block streets, light garbage on fire, and cause severe amounts of vandalism during their protests throughout the city. These protests are generally viewed as Chareidi youth letting loose for the sake of running wild and have little if any bearing on any political or social ideology.
In an effort to prevent the extremist protests from happening even before they begin, police are adopting a new strategy. Insead of only implementing highly localized arrests of those at the protests themselves, from now on, the police will be going after the heads of the communities that support the protesters, as well as those who are more normative in the same communities as the protesters even if they are not connected to the protests themselves.
Police are beginning a general raid to deal with crimes in the areas of traffic and civilian responsibility. Transgressions that will now have an extra level of enforcement in the fields of tax evasion and the lack of reporting taxes. The logic behind the switch is that if the extremists make the lives of other Israelis more difficult, then by making the lives of those in the same community as the protesters tougher, then people will want to prevent the protest even before it happens and thereby apply community pressure on to the protesters to change before they even begin.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)