10 February, 2021
Unpremeditated fighting broke out in Jerusalem between police and ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against Covid-19 restrictions, creating chaotic scenes that have become commonplace in the Israeli city.
Many male genders from Haredi neighborhoods gathered on Tuesday night to demonstrate against Israel’s public health measures, specifically the shuttering of yeshivas. The event started peacefully with protesters listening to speeches from community leaders. The crowd displayed signs that read “stop persecuting religion in the Holy Land,” and “Closing education institutes — stabbing us in the heart,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
After the rally ended, demonstrators moved to a nearby street and began brawling with police.
Footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency shows burning dumpsters in the streets as the mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked traffic. Firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish the blazes.
According to local sources, demonstrators began hurling stones at officers. Israeli security personnel eventually deployed water cannons, sending the black-robed protesters running for cover. At least one person was detained in connection to the unrest.
Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhoods in Jerusalem has been regularly rocked by protests against school closures and other restrictions, with the protests spiralling into violence. The Haredi communities have been among the hardest-hit by a coronavirus pandemic, but their opposition to lockdown measures have only grown in intensity. Haredi funerals were held for rabbis who died of coronavirus in violation of the country’s rule limiting gatherings to 10 people.