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Netanyahu vows action after ultra-Orthodox mob protesting lockdown injures cop

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to act with a “heavy hand” against Israelis who violate coronavirus restrictions after a group of ultra-Orthodox men injured a policewoman while protesting the lockdown on Thursday.

The officer was injured when the men attacked a car she and another officer were traveling in during a patrol of the central city of Bnei Brak, smashing its windows and slashing its tires.

The incident came amid another day of violent pushback against enforcement of the national lockdown aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic.

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Footage of the attack shows the crowd surrounding the car, pelting it with stones and smashing its windows with metal poles as some tried to open the doors.

The crowd had gathered as part of a protest against the closure of a yeshiva in the city which had opened in violation of the lockdown restrictions.

Netanyahu said, “I strongly condemn the violence against the Israeli police operating in Bnei Brak and I am strengthening the hands of enforcement officials who are working to maintain Health Ministry regulations that save lives.

“We will act with a heavy hand against law-breakers, first and foremost against those who raised their hands against our policewomen and policemen,” Netanyahu said.

Critics have accused Netanyahu of avoiding cracking down on the Haredi public in order not to anger his........

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