Residents of Jerusalem’s southern Gilo neighborhood complained to police that anonymous persons are “blaring music” shortly before Shabbos and it is intolerable. They are referring to the playing of Jewish music before candle lighting, as is customary in many neighborhoods around Israel. However, residents of Gilo interpret this as a first step towards a chareidi takeover of their community and they are unwilling to tolerate it, not even a minute weekly.
In addition to Gilo, residents of Kiryat Yovel during recent weeks have also heard music playing on erev Shabbos. In both neighborhoods, neighbors who oppose the music call it a “religious war” and they vow to end the music at any cost. A Facebook page has already been launched called “The chareidi muezzin in Kiryat Yovel”.
Police responded and detected the location of the loudspeakers, removed them and confiscated them. However, the following week, the music continued. One neighbor is quoted by MyNet saying, “We don’t want the songs, not for a half hour and not even for a half minute”.
Among residents there are also those willing to take the law into their own hands, telling MyNet, “If necessary, the fight will be violent. It is a process of taking over neighborhoods. We do not want this to occur here. If the trend is not halted, we will enter the shul and have a barbeque”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)