(Click on images) The scene was one of chaos and black acrid smoke at Kikar Shabbos during the afternoon hours on Wednesday. Commuters were compelled to get off of buses and out of taxi cabs near the center of town, and at the corner of Yechezkel and Shmuel HaNavi Streets as a result of the unrests, with local chareidi youths setting garbage receptacles ablaze and rolling them into the streets.
Most locals seemed quite upset at the act, shouting at the teenage yeshiva bochrim, who were setting the neighborhood ablaze while exhibiting a zealous demeanor.
A number of local shop owners who tried to intervene, pulling garbage receptacles out of the way of cars, were bullied by hoodlums, who decided the streets will remain closed despite causing significant hardship to many, as well as loss of business to local Geula and Meah Shearim merchants, not to mention the property damage and the aftermath which residents are forced to live with for some time until Jerusalem City Hall replaces the trash receptacles.
The reason given was this week’s tragic accident on Highway 6 which claimed the life of Dovid Willinger z”l, from Brazil. Police since Monday have not permitted his burial, insisting on an autopsy, not convinced the young man was killed in the vehicular accident. Apparently police seeing that a truck crushed the victim’s car was not enough to convince them that he died of his massive multi-trauma injuries.
During yesterday’s Jerusalem court hearing, the judge asked to see the photos from the accident scene.
Willinger z”l was a student at Machon Lev in Yerushalayim. He was killed on Highway 6 near the Baka el-Garbiye exit when a truck slammed into his vehicle, setting it ablaze. Dovid was unable to extricate himself from the burning vehicle and he was burned to death.
Making things worse, the police appeared in court on Wednesday and told the judge they have not yet been able to locate the photos of the scene. The court ruled the body will be held for another day until police present the photos.
All the pleading and intervention of ZAKA officials was for naught, with police insisting on performing an autopsy – despite the prolonged delay in the burial of the young victim z”l.
The news of yet another delay today, Wednesday, prompted the violence at Kikar Shabbos and the surrounding area.
On Lag B’Omer police also insisted on an autopsy of a young chareidi man who died of a heart attack on his way home from Meron. In that case, the intervention of northern area askanim was enough to get police to back off and permit his levaya after Shabbos.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel / Photos: Chadrei Chareidim)