HaRav Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Rabbi of the Kosel and holy sites, was attacked on Friday night by dozens of Chareidi extremists on Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem.
Every Friday night, following davening at the Kosel, Rav Rabinowitz makes his way home from the Kosel to his house in in the Ezras Torah neighborhood. The Rabbi makes his way with his family and two bodyguards who go with him for fear of his being attacked. This past Friday night, that fear became a reality.
Dozens of fanatics emerged from the Meah Shearim neighborhood and lay in wait for Rabbi Rabinowitz on Shmuel Hanavi Street. When they clearly identified Rabbi Rabinowitz, they fell upon him screaming and shouting while his family stood around him and his bodyguards placed themselves in between the fanatics and the Rabbi.
According to a report that appeared on Kikar Shabbos, that background for the attack was the work that is being carried out in Meron near the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. The fanatics screamed at Rabbi Rabinowitz that he is “desecrating Meron.”
The fanatics continued their shouting and screaming against Rabbi Rabinowitz accompanying him and his family to the Ba Ilan intersection, at which point other residents of the Bar Ilan neighborhood came out of their homes to the defense of the Rabbi. That is when violence broke out between the two groups.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)