Some 50 chareidi extremists arrived at a Jerusalem light rail construction site and made good on threats to ‘do everything possible’ to sabotage the work.
A few dozen extremists arrived at a light rail work site in the Geula area of the capital, as they feel the light rail passing through their community will compromise the chareidi character of the community. They destroyed anything in the area, including tools and partitions cordoning the site off.
The violence occurred at the intersection of Yechezkel and David Street, as the first stage of preparing for the light rail in that area began. They began their protest with shouts, leading to the destruction of anything and everything they could destroy.
A Yassam unit arrived and this led to a half hour of confrontations, Kikar Shabbos News report, but at the end, calm was restored to the area.
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Work is to resume at the area immediately, but this time, with police standing by to protect the work details and the equipment.
Recently, YWN reported that the Eidah Charedis of Yerushalayim was embarking on a new campaign to fight the planned construction of the subterranean section of the light rail that is planned to go underneath various Chareidi neighborhoods in Yerushalayim, including the Geulah neighborhood.
The planned route takes the line down Strauss and Yehezkel Streets with three stations planned along the way. The route bisects Kikar HaShabbat that divides Geulah and Meah Shearim. Extremist elements in the Charedi community have expressed their strong opposition to the plan.
The Eidah published a letter stating that they believe the construction will cause severe destruction to the neighborhood and that all residents of the neighborhoods should oppose the plans and the construction by “any means necessary”.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)