Skirmishes broke out in Jerusalem between police and ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against Covid-19 restrictions, creating chaotic scenes that have become commonplace in the Israeli city.
Hundreds of men from Haredi neighborhoods gathered on Tuesday night to demonstrate against Israel’s public health measures, specifically the shuttering of schools and seminaries, known as yeshivas. The event started peacefully, with protesters listening to speeches from community leaders. The crowd was seen holding signs that read “stop persecuting religion in the Holy Land,” and “Closing education institutes — stabbing us in the heart,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
However, once the rally concluded, demonstrators poured into a nearby street and began brawling with police.
Footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency shows burning dumpsters in the streets as the mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked traffic. Firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish the blazes.