Jerusalem – On the heels of a court ordered decision that an autopsy be performed on an Orthodox infant who died after allegedly being shaken by a caregiver, Haredi protesters rioted in the streets of Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood and Beit Shemesh on Thursday, blocking roads and pelting police with rocks.
The baby, who is the grandson of Beit Shemesh Mayor, Moshe Abutbul, died early Thursday following several days in the pediatric intensive care unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
The child’s family attended the early morning court hearing on the autopsy, and has been granted a temporary stay pending the outcome of a 5 p.m. hearing before the High Court.
Immediately following the court decision, dozens of Haredis took to the streets in protest, blocking traffic and clashing with police.
While three have arrests have been made, police say no severe injuries have been reported.