The hafganos in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh continued on Tuesday, the result of two chareidi sisters being arrested by military police. The protesters lit garbage bins on fire and when the fire department arrived, they blocked fire trucks and then stole equipment from the truck.
Even after the release of one of the sisters on Tuesday, the hafganos continued on Tuesday night, late into the night, as one of the girls remained in IDF lockup.
Some 60 extremists took part in a protest in the Kikar Shabbos area, a protest that turned violent as the garbage bins began burning. The protesters then began hurling objects at firemen, as well as sitting down to block the fire department’s response.
The delinquents then stole equipment from a fire truck, some of which was found a short time later and returned.
The girls were originally arrested by police while collecting money at the Kosel for their father’s medical bills. They did not carry identity cards with them and refused to identify themselves for fear of being arrested by military police. When police finally found their mother, she arrived at the police station and identified them on condition Israel Police would not report them to military police, which they did, nevertheless.
A short time after they were initially released and returned to their Ramot, Jerusalem home, they were re-arrested by military police. One has since been released and the second remains in custody.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)