A chareidi woman was detained as a confrontation following objections to the loud volume of a family’s zemiros Shabbos. The woman was compelled to enter a police car as she was driven to a police station on Shabbos following the incident.
The story began at about 10:00PM Friday night, in the French Hill neighborhood of Yerushalayim, a so-called ‘mixed’ community. The English-speaking chareidi woman, who recently moved to Israel and settled in that community, served her Shabbos meal as she usually does.
At one point, they heard the front doorbell ringing without pause. The couple opened the door only to find their non-religious neighbor telling them in a raised voice that their Shabbos songs at the late hour was bothersome and at it was time to tone it down.
There was a heated verbal exchange, and the non-religious female student left them, but not before police were called. The student claimed that the chareidi woman assaulted her, slamming the door on her foot intentionally.
Police arrived and took a statement from the non-religious student, then informing the chareidi woman she was being detained and would have to accompany them in the police car to the station. The woman reports that on their way to the police station, the policemen began smoking. She explained that she is asthmatic, asking them to refrain from smoking, but according to her, they refused, and they continued enjoying their cigarettes.
A number of askanim walked to the police station, and after a number of hours it became clear there was no reason to have detained the woman, and she was released.
According to the Kikar Shabbos News report, the drama did not end here, but during the Shabbos morning hours, tens of avreichim arrived at the couple’s home to show solidarity with them. They began singing zemiros Shabbos. The student who came to the apartment was ‘provocative’ they explain, due to her immodest dress.
One should understand that by and large, the mixed community exists harmoniously and rarely does such incidents occur between the religious and non-religious neighbors.
Kikar News adds that despite a request, police did not respond to the report.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)