The word on the street in Meah Shearim is that the arrest of some of the prominent members of the Eida establishment is simply a revenge move by Jerusalem Police Chief Niso Shacham, who wishes to get back at Gavaad HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss Shlita.
Interestingly, Rav Weiss commented shortly after the arrest that his gabbai, Amram Shapira “is clean. He is pure. Why did they arrest him? They want me and if this is the case, let them come and arrest me”.
During the remand hearing Justice Dov Pollack questioned police and why Shapira was arrested since there was no evidence against him tying him to the alleged money laundering operation or the violence attributed to the sikrikim sect.
The Eida tzibur simply feels that this is a retaliatory move by the police commander after he suffered an embarrassment when the Gavaad refused to meet with him in December of last year. Rav Weiss met with lower-ranking officers, but he refused to give Shacham the photo op since he holds the commander responsible for much of the hostility against the chareidi tzibur in Yerushalayim of late.
Police Chief Yochanan Danino dismissed the validity of this theory explaining “We are not against chareidim, but we are against chareidi criminals”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)