Policeman Hurt in Bar-Ilan St. Riots

One policeman suffered light injuries yesterday after being struck in the head by rocks hurled by ultra-Orthodox Jews on Bar-Ilan Street in Jerusalem to protest Israelis driving on the Sabbath. Seven Haredi men were arrested for throwing garbage and rocks at policemen.

Jonathan Lis
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One policeman suffered light injuries yesterday after being struck in the head by rocks hurled by ultra-Orthodox Jews on Bar-Ilan Street in Jerusalem to protest Israelis driving on the Sabbath.

The 1000-strong protest took place despite an agreement reached with ultra-Orthodox community leaders to post Haredi monitors on the street on the Sabbath to prevent protesters from throwing stones at passing cars.

Recent Saturdays have seen violent demonstrations by ultra-Orthodox Jews, angry at people who use Bar-Ilan Street, which passes through a religious part of the capital. The violence flared up again after a six-year lull.

In a meeting last week with Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy, community elders said they would also post notices condemning the violence and calling on people to refrain from taking part in the protests.