The members of the “Jerusalem faction” in Modi’in Illit went out tonight (Tuesday) to protest against the closure of synagogues by the government, as part of the fight against the spread of the “corona” virus. Two protesters were arrested by police.
The demonstration was initiated by the rabbis of the faction in the city, who said that “it is forbidden to remain silent in the face of the disgrace this morning in the Neot Hapisga neighborhood in the city, in the large Beit Midrash Beit Shmuel.
Following the arrest of the worshipers and the closure of the synagogue, which was exposed in Shabbat Square, members of the faction went on a stormy demonstration on Hafetz Haim Street in the city, “to inform Kabbalah and the world that the synagogue is the most essential need.” Synagogues, “as they say.
The demonstrators declared during the demonstration: “Do not interfere in our lifestyles!”, “Only the great men of the Torah will determine what is allowed and what is forbidden”, “Torah and prayer are what protect the world and prevent disease”.
After a street protest, hundreds of protesters began marching on their way to the main exit road from the city.
Sources in the “Jerusalem faction” declared tonight that “this is just the beginning,” and clarified that “there is an intention to shake the whole world, until the clear message penetrates that they do not have the power and possibility to touch the holy places.”
According to them, “the entire people of Israel stood only yesterday on Yom Kippur and shouted ‘Hear Israel’ and no Jew did not understand how many synagogues are essential. We will fight for the opening of synagogues also on Sukkot and Simchat Torah.”
The police said that “a demonstration is taking place in Modi’in Elite at the moment with the participation of hundreds of demonstrators blocking the traffic lanes. Police forces are working instead to disperse the demonstration. So far, two attackers have been arrested on suspicion of disturbing public order.”
As reported this morning in Kikar Hashabat, the police arrested five worshipers who were staying at the Beit Shmuel synagogue in the Neot Hapisga neighborhood in Modi’im Illit, after staying inside the synagogue, despite the corona closure and the danger of infection.
The faction claimed that the police used severe violence against the students who studied in the synagogue, and removed them from the building while using great force.
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In a conversation with Kikar Hashabat, they claimed to the police: “You knew how to respect Viznitz, you completely ignored Belza, you do not dare enter Mea Shearim, and in the checkpoints in the ultra-Orthodox cities you do not point a finger to maintain public order and prevent infection. We will not become a scapegoat. Of the ultra-Orthodox public.
“If you are facing war, remember one thing only you know: the demonstrations in Balfour are a child’s play … If we are pushed into a corner, you will encounter demonstrations by the Torah community in every corner of the country,” the sources added.
The police said that “a report was received at the police station about dozens of worshipers inside a synagogue in the city of Modi’in Illit. Police forces who were called to the scene noticed dozens of worshipers inside the synagogue, who do not wear masks and do not keep distance from each other.”
“Five worshipers were detained for questioning after refusing to identify themselves and evacuate and the other worshipers were dispersed. The Israel Police will continue to work with the authorities and other law enforcement agencies to curb the spread of the virus in order to maintain public peace and health.”
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