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Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators protest planned autopsy of 4-year-old boy

15 9 13

Ultra-Orthodox protesters staged demonstrations in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, and Bnei Brak on Sunday evening against state plans to conduct an autopsy on the body of a four-year-old boy who was allegedly killed by his uncle in Jerusalem over the weekend.

Police said that hundreds of ultra-Orthodox protesters gathered in Shabbat Square and on Bar Ilan Road in Jerusalem, as well as on Nahar Yarden Street in Beit Shemesh. A smaller protest took place in Bnei Brak Sunday.

Police reported clashes and rioting in all three locations, saying that “hundreds of rioters were blocking roads, throwing rocks, and setting garbage cans alight.”

In a statement late Sunday, police said at least five people had been arrested and that officers were continuing to work to break up the riots.

Jewish tradition generally opposes autopsies on the grounds that the human body is sacred and should not be tampered with after death. Exceptions are often made in murder or manslaughter cases and courts have in the past overruled the wishes........

© The Times of Israel

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