Residents of Kadima Street in the Ramot area of Yerushalayim on Sunday morning were not about to sit by and permit municipal inspectors to destroy a shul that was set up in a temporary structure for the yomim tovim. According to the commitment signed by Ariel Sharfer on behalf of the neighborhood, the structure was to be used during Tishrei to facilitate their needs during the yomim tovim, after which it would be voluntarily removed.
Now in Cheshvan, the city realizes the mispalalim do not plan to uphold their end of the bargain and city officials on Sunday were sent to actualize a demolition order.
Sharfer and others would not vacate the shul, screaming at city representatives, accusing them of being too zealous when it comes to destroying shuls, stating the same would not be the case if the structure was used as a mosque.
Last week, the city cut off electric to the shul, but residents remain steadfast in their determination to prevent the city from removing the structure.
As of 2:00pm, the inspectors were still on the scene and residents were inside the shul, vowing to remain to prevent the demolition of the structure. According to a Kol Chai Radio report, the dati leumi residents of the area favor removing the shul, fearing if permitted to continue, the shul will contribute to the their community becoming increasingly chareidi. (Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)