After two yeshiva students were arrested for failing to show up at the IDF recruitment center, Haredi communities across Israel have responded with disruptive demonstrations over the last few days. Today (Tuesday), after demonstrators blocked a major intersection in Bnei Brak, the Israel Police arrested 25 Haredi protesters and took them in for questioning.
Watch: Haredi men surround female IDF soldier during protest in Jerusalem
The Haredi demonstrations continue today (Tuesday) as dozens of Haredi men blocked a central intersection in Bnei Brak, protesting against the arrest of two yeshiva students who refused to appear at the IDF recruitment center. The Israel Police said 25 suspects had been arrested and taken for questioning: “The protesters went down onto the road, endangering the drivers as well as others, attacking police and rioting along the road.”
“The Israel Police will allow the freedom of protest, but will not allow the public order to be disturbed or that the fabric of the residents’ lives be damaged,” The Israel Police said in a statement. Police forces were dispatched to the scene to direct traffic around the riots.
As previously reported by JOL, during a protest in Jerusalem in which a female IDF soldier was surrounded by Haredi protestors blocking the street, eight Haredi men were arrested for disorderly conduct. During the same demonstration, a policeman was caught on camera pulling a gun on the protesters, calling out to them: “Does anyone want to get a bullet?” The demonstrators near the officer immediately told others to record the police officer making the inappropriate remarks.
The Israel Police officer who pulled a gun on protesters Photo Credit: Meha’at Ha’Haredim/Channel 2 News
The Israel Police said in response that “the Jerusalem District police force is treating this incident with severity. The police officer was already summoned for an inquiry by his superiors yesterday; the event will be taken care of on a disciplinary level.”
In addition to the protest in Jerusalem, dozens of Haredi protesters demonstrated in Beit Shemesh and Ramat Gan, blocking traffic. Four demonstrators were arrested for disorderly conduct in Ramat Gan.
The protest in Bnei Brak Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS/Channel 2 News