Thousands of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem clashed with police over the weekend in response to the first ever opening of a municipal parking lot on Shabbat.
Orthodox leaders insist everything in the capital must remain closed on Shabbat in obedience to the biblical command not to work on the day.
Their followers displayed their displeasure by hurling stones at police and setting fire to municipal property across the city. In one clash, a six-year-old boy and five police officers were lightly wounded.
In another part of town, a young Orthodox Jewish man fell from a fence while trying to join a demonstration and suffered serious injuries.
Police arrested at least 60 Orthodox demonstrators before community leaders finally succeeded in convincing the rioters to return home.
“Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il”.