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Israeli police clash with Covid-19 lockdown-defying ultra-Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak & Jerusalem (VIDEOS)

Israeli police clash with Covid-19 lockdown-defying ultra-Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak & Jerusalem (VIDEOS)

Violent clashes have erupted in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak and some areas of Jerusalem as authorities tried to enforce Covid-19 lockdown rules on ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities and break up ‘illegal’ prayer gatherings.

Hundreds of people in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak defied the latest ban on gatherings in enclosed spaces and restriction of outdoor prayers to groups of 20 or less on Sunday.

When the offices arrived and started slapping violators with fines for not wearing masks or ‘social-distancing’, some of them “began resisting and disturbing public order,” resulting in chaotic scuffles according to multiple videos shared online.

שוטר נותן ברכיה לפרצוף, לפני דקות בבני ברק pic.twitter.com/gz8Tb9TCFb

— אהרן רבינוביץ (@AronRabino1) October 4, 2020

Despite police efforts to break up the gathering and at least 13 arrests, worshippers kept gathering at the synagogue, according to the Times of Israel. Authorities faced accusations of excessive force as cops were filmed pushing and shoving people to the ground.

האלימות המשטרתית שוברת שיאים! את הרוע הזה צילמתי עכשיו בבני ברק. אדם בשנות ה-50 לחייו שהלך לתומו וניסה לעקוף את ההתקהלות חוטף מכות רצח. שום תגובה של במשטרה לא תסביר את המראות האלו. pic.twitter.com/RMJVrQjMiT

— אבי גדלוביץ’ (@avigad27) October 4, 2020

Clashes also broke out in ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, where police arrested at least four people for “blocking traffic and burning trash.”

משטרה בבקשה דייייי!!
עזבו כבר את מאה שערים, זה הולך ונהיה יותר גרוע.
מעצר של נער מוגבל בידי שוטרי יס”מ. pic.twitter.com/QWG7EqmDzt

— יאיר לוי (@iairLevy) October 4, 2020

אנדרלנמוסיה ברחוב שבטי ישראל. המשטרה לא יודע מי קשור למה ופשוט עוצרת בכוח רב אנשים שסתם עומדים ברחוב pic.twitter.com/4eBfScvbgq

— Haim Goldich חיים גולדיטש (@HGoldich) October 4, 2020

Israel’s second coronavirus lockdown went into effect on September 18 as the country saw a surge in new infections. As of Sunday, Israel’s death toll attributed to coronavirus stood at 1,719 fatalities out of some 267,000 recorded Covid-19 cases. The rate of infections in the ultra-Orthodox community was estimated to be more than two times the national average.

עובר כל גבול ::שוטר יס״מ תועד שדוחף בחוזקה ילד שנסע על קורקינט, pic.twitter.com/lsfpANJ0D2

— ישי ירושלמי (@ishayyurslaem) October 4, 2020

Besides fines for violating tough restrictions on public gatherings and meetings with non-close family members, Israelis were also banned from holding demonstrations more than 1km from their homes. The measure, however, failed to stop mass weekly anti-government protests, which instead morphed into a series of smaller ‘socially-distanced’ rallies this weekend.

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