Israeli police attacked by ultra-Orthodox Jews over COVID-19 restrictions

by Jenny Mount · Jan 22nd, 2021 4:16 pm

Last Updated Jan 23rd, 2021 at 8:37 pm

An unmarked Israeli police vehicle was attacked in Bnei Brak, Israel, by ultra-Orthodox Jews, police said Friday. The violent crowd pelted the police vehicle with stones, shattered its windows, and punctured the tires while officers were still inside.

Police and Israel's ultra-Orthodox community have been at odds throughout the coronavirus pandemic as many members of the religious community have defied lockdown restrictions to hold religious gatherings. Police have had to face violent crowds while shutting down weddings, funerals, and other gatherings.

"Police are continuing to disperse a violent and wild riot in Bnei Brak, during which stones were thrown at police officers and tires set on fire in the center of the city's main thoroughfares," said the police early on Friday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the violence and said he will act with a "heavy hand" against anyone who attacks the police or violates the law.

The attack resulted in at least six arrests.


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