Beit Shemesh – Israeli TV Crew Attacked by Charedi Zealots

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    Israeli TV crew examin their car after it has been attacked by a group of ultra orthodox Jewish men in Beit Shemesh. Dec 25, 2011. Police and municipal inspectors removed signs in an ultra-orthodox area of Beit Shemesh calling for segregated sidewalk for women on Sunday night. Police said crowds of men surrounded the inspectors, adding that the crowds were dispersed without incident. The sign removal followed a report aired Channel 2 on Friday night showing an eight-year old modern orthodox girl afraid to walk 300 meters to school because of harassment from some haredim because of her attire. The reporter also interviewed a haredi man saying it was permissible to spit at even a school age girl if she was not dressed "properly." Photo by Kobi Gideon / Flash90.Beit Shemesh – Israeli police say a TV crew has been attacked by a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in a city that has become a symbol of violent religious extremism.

    Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says ultra-Orthodox men surrounded a Channel 2 news truck and hurled stones at it, lightly wounding one member of the TV crew.

    He says the rioters also stole TV equipment. The attack took place in Beit Shemesh, a city of 85,000 just outside Jerusalem.

    On Friday, Channel 2 aired a story about tensions in the city between modern Orthodox residents and the extremist ultra-Orthodox Haredi sect.

    The story featured an 8-year-old American girl who says she is afraid to walk to school in the morning because the town’s Haredim have spat on her and cursed her.


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