Beit Shemesh City Hall has issued demolition orders for a number of shuls established illegally in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel neighborhood. The residents of the community have called on askonim to intercede, with the Askonim promising to find a workable solution. In the meantime, the pashkavilim and announcements calling for a large protest against Mayor Aliza Bloch are seen in the area.
An atzeres of residents of the community was held on Tuesday night in one of the shuls slated for removal, attended by Degel Hatorah Councilman Shlomo Brilant, who promised to search for a solution to prevent the destruction.
In the meantime, the pashkavilim signed by community rabbonim are seen, calling for a major protest.
The demolition orders were issued for at least four shuls in the neighborhood, all situated in caravans. The residents insist that while the caravans were placed without permits, “there is not a single shul from the city” in the community, one resident told Kikar Shabbos News.
City Hall officials explain the city is bound by the law, which must be enforced, and it cannot permit a situation in which residents act as they wish.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)