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It was supposed to be a peaceful protest, called for seven thirty in the evening, to protest the nightly closure of Yerushalayim’s Sanhedria Beis HaChaim. The decision prevents mispallalim from visiting the tziyun of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L after 8 PM.
However, when undercover police violently attacked a bachur davening at the Kever, a massive riot broke out. In the middle of it all, a retired police officer started belting out stories of hashgacha pratis – everyone stopped to listen, protesters and police alike. Then the clashes resumed.
Kikar Shabbos adds that the family of the late posek hador requested from officials to build a ohel in the beis hachaim around Maran’s kever but the request was rejected on the grounds that not a single kever has a structure around it and they do not wish to set a precedent.
Sanhedria officials point out that the city funds security for Har HaZeisim and Har Menuchos and its feels that in the case of the Sanhedria Beis HaChaim Jerusalem City Hall should pay the bill too.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)