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As promised by the Peleg, their “Day of Rage” was taking place across the county. In the fourth consecutive day of Peleg protests in cities around Israel, protesters blocked traffic starting first during the Thursday morning 29 Tishrei rush hour at Shilat Junction, the major intersection connecting Highway 443 to the Modi’in region.
The protests Peleg officials promise continued throughout the day, in different venues, protesting the arrest of talmidei yeshivos affiliated with the faction, bnei torah who follow HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita. Rabbonim opted to use the bein hazmanim days for protests, however telling the media they are opposed to any and all violence as well as closure of streets to traffic. However, these actions continue, occurring with increased frequency and fever.
When police arrived to clear the protesters on Thursday morning, they heard shouts “We will die before being drafted into the IDF”, sending their message of no compromise, expressing a willingness to die rather than to serve in the IDF. For the few officers on hand, the message fell on deaf ears for their only interest was to open the major vehicular artery.
Police have video footage of protesters taking police equipment from the trunk of a police car at the Russian Compound in Wednesday night’s protests, adding to the chilul Hashem. They opened the trunk and pulled out equipment as the manned vehicle was blocked by the large crowd of protesters.
Ironically, as they Peleg members seek to step-up the protests, their support is waning among all, including the remainder of chareidim; litvish, chassidish and Sephardi alike as their actions appear to be resulting in increased disdain for chareidim among Israelis, who by and large do not understand the difference between one chareidi and another.
It remains to be seen if the violence will continue after rosh chodesh, as the new zman begins. Over 60 arrests have been made and a considerable number of those arrested will face criminal charges and face a criminal trial. Some of the others have been found to be wanted by military police, labeled for desertion, and handed over to IDF authorities for adjudication. Hence, the incarceration of many Peleg-affiliated bnei torah will not end when the new zman begins.
As of 7:00PM IL, dozens of protesters were arrested in Jerusalem, Tzefas, Bnei Brak, and many other areas. Buses were brought in to the protesters in jerusalem to handle the number of arrests.
Traffic in Jerusalem was gridlock, as protesters shut many major intersections, including the Jerusalem Light Rail for hours. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Israelis had their times robbed of them – as not one Rosh Yeshiva, Gadol, or Rov was seen at any protest – nor has come out publicly in support of this type of behavior.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)