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Ultra-Orthodox rioters clash with police as some schools flout virus lockdown

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24.01.2021

Clashes broke out Sunday morning in three cities across Israel as police attempted to enforce coronavirus lockdown restrictions in a number of ultra-Orthodox communities.

In the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim, hundreds of people clashed with police attempting to shut down a yeshiva that had opened illegally.

Police said that officers who arrived at the yeshiva, or religious seminary, were quickly surrounded by a crowd shouting insults at them and throwing trash and other debris in their direction.

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Video of the incident showed a number of people calling the officers “Nazis” and “kapos,” the name for Jewish collaborators coerced into service by the Third Reich.

Police said one person was arrested and water cannon trucks were later brought in to disperse the crowd.

מעצר בהפרת הסדר במאה שערים@VeredPelman pic.twitter.com/4e5wC2eccp

— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) January 24, 2021

מעצר בהפרת הסדר במאה שערים@VeredPelman pic.twitter.com/4e5wC2eccp

— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) January 24, 2021

In the southern coastal city of Ashdod, police were confronted while closing down studies at an ultra-Orthodox elementary school that had opened despite Health Ministry and Education Ministry rules preventing in-person studies.

Police said “several dozen people who arrived on the scene tried to force their way into the compound........

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