The Police had to disperse this Sunday in several cities of Israel to ultra-orthodox Jewish groups that breached the confinement, a controversial matter that these weeks put back in the spotlight of this community, which concentrates more than a third of infections the country’s coronavirus, plunged into a strong second wave.
After tightening this week the closing measures -which they veto prayer in the synagogues-, the tension between the authorities and the ultra-Orthodox who bypass the limitations was increasing.
This weekend they registered multiple riots between police officers and members of this community, which represents 10% of the population of Israel but concentrates a large part of the infections and in which in some days there have been up to 40% of the new daily positives.
seems to Israel police have found a way to deal with violence more less peacefully. New idea, “Defeat the offender with a bucket.” pic.twitter.com/24E6KcGwwE
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The main crashes were in the city of Bnei Brak, where more than 200,000 ultra-Orthodox live. After small skirmishes throughout the day, the Police faced hundreds of people in the afternoon who had gathered to pray without masks or social distancing, according to local media.
The agents they arrested 17 people who participated in the riots, and during the day they broke into some thirty synagogues in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak where there were people praying, something also prohibited.
There has been a considerable “rise in tension,” he told Efe a police spokesman.
Between the two national confinements that Israel has experienced, the one in March and this second that began two weeks ago, many ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods and cities have been subjected to special measures to be considered “red zones” or source of contagion, which has generated friction and led the ultra-Orthodox community to denounce discrimination.
Too opposed the recent closing of the synagogues, an element that has caused these days to have to celebrate in a minor tone the important Jewish holiday of Sukkot (the Tabernacles), which began last day 2 and will continue for the next week. This is the third celebration that is celebrated in full confinement, after Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
The authorities denounced a serious breach of the restrictions during these festivities, especially among ultra-Orthodox groups who celebrated mass ceremoniesTherefore, given the unstoppable increase in infections, they hardened the confinement.
Israel has suffered a strong wave of coronavirus for months, has one of the highest infection rates in the world and this week it exceeded 9,000 a day.
The country accumulates almost 266,000 infected since the beginning of the pandemic and more than 1,700 deaths; more than half of the infections and a third of the deaths in the last month alone.