Police are hinting at stepping up their response to ongoing chareidi violence in Yerushalayim, at one point threatening to interrupt electric service to riot-stricken areas.
At least four official vehicles were damaged by rioters, including the official vehicle of Jerusalem Police Chief Franco, whose vehicle was badly damaged in Wednesday’s violence. Authorities estimate damage in the NIS hundreds of thousands, including garbage dumpsters, street lights, windows, vehicles and more.
A small number of protestors took up position outside Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Thursday, leading to police fears that chareidim may try to abduct the child, the son of the jailed chareidi mother, or attack a member of the Hadassah staff or both. As a result, there is a stepped-up security presence at the hospital.
Six detainees from Wednesday were released by a Jerusalem court with restriction, despite police objections and four others will have a hearing on Friday morning at 9:00am, despite the fact police asked that they be held for an addition six days.
The detainees are reportedly not cooperating with authorities and they have still not given their identification number of name.
At least one petition has been filed with the High Court of Justice against Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s decision to halt municipal services to the riot-stricken area, with the city explaining close to ten municipal workers have been injured and City Hall is unwilling to place its employees at risk.
For the residents of Geula and Meah Shearim, as well as other chareidi neighborhoods in the city, the rioting is unwelcome and has caused many difficulties as shabbos approaches. For one thing, garbage is piling up and many areas still reek from the PVC fires of the burning garbage dumpsters. The elderly are having a particularly difficult time ambulating and bus service to those areas has been rerouted, leaving many wondering how to go about their weekly erev shabbos routine. Residents with respiratory conditions and heart conditions are also at high risk as a result of the mayhem and toxic fumes released by the PVC fires.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)