It appears Jerusalem City Hall is coordinating with police, preparing to carry out a demolition order on a portion of the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Beis Medrash in Meah Shearim. The city is not acting on its own but it was served with a court order to demolish a portion of the building a number of months ago. Askanim have been working to prevent it but it appears all efforts to date have been unsuccessful.
The demolition order pertains to the new addition that was done about three years ago. A case was opened against the chassidus for the building, which authorities indicate is illegal. Chadrei Chareidim reports it has learned that authorities plan to execute the order next week, on Monday, 8 Iyar 5772.
It appears senior police commanders accompanied by city officials were on location on Wednesday, 3 Iyar and they assessed the situation in preparation for what will undoubtedly be a confrontation.
Toldos Avraham Yitzchak has filed an urgent petition to the court seeking a delay or elimination of the order. The court has yet to respond.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)