by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
A major confrontation began about two weeks ago between the ultra-religious community of Jerusalem and the city with the opening of a municipal parking lot on Shabbos located right next to the community.
Riots heated up starting yesterday with a troubling case of a mother accused by the medical establishment of starving her child - but who she says has had major health problems since birth, been diagnosed INCORRECTLY with cancer and treated with chemotherapy, and was trying to extract from the medical system who has completely failed to help her child so far. Who's correct may be beside the point, but when the police violently hauled her out of her home in the middle of the day and seriously manhandled her in the street, the street exploded and riots started.
I haven't been in the area since all this started, but was there a few hours ago. Here's some pictures from riot torn Meah Shearim (and surrounding neighborhoods), Jerusalem, Israel from today...
Right outside the neighborhood, a water cannon sits ready for police to use.
Traffic lights have been smashed, the streets are strewn with garbage.
For children out of school for the summer, this is entertainment. For the police, not so much.
Dumpsters are dumped if they haven't been burned (most are plastic).
Apparently burning barriers closing the roads is the name of the game. The streets closer in are blocked, access is by foot only.
...more to come.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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