NYC Protest Planned Following Arrest of R’ Smeidal in Eretz Yisrael


Following the arrest of Asra Kadisha director HaGaon HaRav Dovid Smeidal by police in Beersheva on Tuesday, 20 Kislev 5773, protests are scheduled to take place today, Wednesday 21 Kislev in Eretz Yisrael, the UK and New York City.

In New York City, a protest is scheduled to be held at 4:00pm in front of the Israeli Consulate to decry the arrest of HaGaon HaRav Dovid Smeidal Shlita, director of Asra Kadisha “by the Zionists” as well as to protest the ongoing chilul kevarim in Beersheva, referring to the so-called Karaso project, the construction of a new municipality complex.

Pashkavilim already appeared on Tuesday following the arrest, calling on the tzibur to decry the “arrest of the talmid chacham and the ongoing chilul kevarim in Beersheva”.

In Eretz Yisrael, a protest is scheduled on Wednesday morning, with buses transporting participants from areas around Eretz Yisrael, including Yerushalayim, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh to Beersheva.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)



  1. Labeling the Israeli government as “by the Zionists” is not helping the cause. It will just get people to think that this is just another protest by right winged religious fanatics.

    It would be better to just state that “we are protesting the unjustified arrest of an outstanding Rabbinical figure who was merely trying to defend the dignity of the deceased; something that ALL civilized nations understand to be sacred”.

  2. For the Record

    Pashkavilim are leaflets with our a Signature

    The above call has a signature – you might not respect their views but they do have others (and quite a few) who respect them and follow them

    Especially when reporting about Reb Dovid who was appointed by teh Brisker Rav to represent the Torah World

    Reporting PASHKAVILIM is a digrace to the Torah World

  3. Why is the arrest not justified? Why is their no signatures from other Gedolim if this is such an imporant cause? To protest anywhere outside EY is a true Chillul Hash-m . There is NO Excuse for it.