Jerusalem – Three people were injured during a rock-throwing fracas in Jerusalem Saturday afternoon that started when a group of haredim began throwing rocks at the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat. Police arrested three haredim, two youth and one adult, for throwing rocks.
According to police, about 20 haredim gathered on the ridge above Ramat Shlomo that looks out over Shuafat on Saturday afternoon around 5:30, and began hurling rocks at the Arab neighborhood. One Arab resident was lightly injured after a rock hit him in the head.
Border police arrived on the scene and immediately arrested a 16-year-old haredi boy. While police were in the process of detaining him, he attacked a female border police officer, and injured her lightly. Arab residents began throwing stones in return at the haredim and injured two haredi youth as well as caused damage to three cars.
Border police dispersed both sides of the protesters a number of times, only to find the sides returning to the site to continue throwing rocks over the course of an hour.
Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said police are checking whether or not a specific event touched off the incident, as there has not been rock throwing at that site in recent months. “We will investigate the youth and see what the story is,” he said.
Also on Saturday afternoon, extremist haredim who demonstrate weekly on Neviim Street (Prophets Road) against the desecration of the Sabbath brought their protest up a notch when they started throwing bottles at police officers and passing cars. The bottle throwers did not injure any officers or damage any passing cars. Police arrested three demonstrators.
The demonstrators want the city to close Neviim Street to cars on Shabbat because they claim the street passes through an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, something the city has refused to do as cars need an alternative to Jaffa Road which was closed to traffic for the light rail.
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