JERUSALEM (VINnews) — MK Yulia Malinovsky, a member of Avigdor Liberman’s secularist Yisrael Beitenu party, sharply criticized police and municipal officials for closing roads in Jerusalem in honor of the visit of the Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe to Israel.
Police announced that during the visit which begins on Tuesday, certain major Jerusalem arteries would be closed. A huge event will take place Tuesday in Malchei Yisrael street and the surrounding roads will be closed during the event. The police explained that the closures would enable the event to take place “with alternative traffic routes in order to minimize the disturbance to local residents.”
Malinovsky tweeted: “Have we gone totally crazy? Closing roads because of an anti-Zionist rebbe who opposes the existence of the State of Israel? I don’t even understand how we let him into the country.”
The rebbe is arriving in Israel for the dedication of the new Satmar Beis Medrash built on Yoel Street in Meah Shearim. He is also bringing with him an estimated 4 million dollars to support institutions and individuals who do not take money from the state of Israel.