Jerusalem - A haredi soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi men on Tuesday night in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.
According to the police, at approximately 19:30 the soldier, who was in uniform, was surrounded and threatened by approximately 100 haredi men on Gimzo Street in the heart of Mea Shearim, but managed to flee to a nearby building and alert the police.
Several police units were called to the scene, including border police and riot police, who forcibly broke through the crowd of haredi men and succeeded in safely extracting the soldier.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the unidentified soldier was “shaken up” but not injured when police arrived, adding that stones were thrown at officers by the crowd before the soldier was transported to safety.
A low-level riot continued after the soldier was extracted, with more haredi men joining the crowd, until the police succeeded in dispersing the protesters.
At least four arrests were made on charges of disturbing the peace.
This is horrific, utterly horrific. My son served in the IDF Nahal Haredi 9 years ago. When he visited our relatives in Mea Shearim he would get some dirty looks but nobody dared to raise a hand to him.
What a horrible, shameful way to treat a fellow Jew, especially during the 9 Days. What were they thinking?
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