As Rosh Chodesh Adar and Purim are approaching, Bnei Brak Mayor Rav Yaakov Asher convened a meeting with City Hall officials and high-ranking police representatives, addressing the need to maintain order before, during and after Purim.
During the meeting, the mayor cited that the increased efforts by various agencies proved effective last year, and this year, he plans to expand that effort to additional areas of the city. He explained that in recent years efforts have been successful, especially last year, and he plans to once again prevent gatherings of teens around the city.
Police plan to deploy hundreds of additional officers to maintain order. In addition, the main thoroughfare, Rabbi Akiva Street, will become one way beginning on erev Purim, buses will be redirected and police will be out in significant numbers directing traffic patterns.
In addition, all stores will be compelled to close, including the kiosks and stands selling food and snacks. Stores remaining open past 10:00pm will be hit with heavy fines. Cars parked in restricted areas will be towed.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)