Man Killed by Driver Fleeing Attack During ultra-Orthodox Protest in Jerusalem

Driver was fleeing attack during ultra-Orthodox protest outside press conference by prime minister and education minister, according to police

Aaron Rabinowitz
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A Magen David Adom ambulance.
A Magen David Adom ambulance.Credit: Eyal Toueg
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

A 47-year-old man was killed on Sunday when he was run over by a transport van whose driver had been attacked during an ultra-Orthodox protest in Jerusalem, police said. 

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The driver was attacked near the Education Ministry headquarters in Jerusalem, then tried to escape the area and hit the victim, according to authorities. The injured man was taken in critical condition to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said that the driver had “fled the scene” but was located and arrested.

Dozens of members of some of the city’s extreme ultra-Orthodox communities had been demonstrating in front of the Education Ministry building while a press conference was being held there by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Yoav Gallant, who announced that the government was planning to extend the school year following school closures during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The incident came a month after protesters against police enforcement of coronavirus regulations in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak pepper sprayed a bus driver and set the bus on fire. Earlier, protesters who had gathered near the city’s central synagogue threw stones at police, prompting one to fire his gun in the air, saying he feared for his life. Police used stun grenades to try to disperse the crowds of hundreds.