Fist fights and stone throwing broke out on Saturday (15 September) between Jewish demonstrators and residents of a non-religious neighbourhood in the Jerusalem suburb of Rammot.
Fist fights and stone throwing broke out on Saturday (15 September) between Jewish demonstrators and residents of a non-religious neighbourhood in the Jerusalem suburb of Rammot. The members of the hear line religious sect had been demanding that all traffic near their area by stopped during the Sabbath rest day. Passing traffic has been stoned every Saturday during the past year. Orthodox Jewish laws ban driving on the Sabbath.
SYNOPSIS: Member of the extreme Orthodox Neturei Karta, or 'Guardians of the City' sect had threatened violent action against Rammot residents if they did not ban Saturday driving.
The most extreme of the Orthodox sects does not recognise the State of Israel. They believe it could only be established by the coming of the Messiah. They have reportedly even contacted the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation saying they support its claim to Palestine. In answer to their threat, hundreds of non-religious residents gathered along the road leading past the sect's Me's she'arim quarter.
Hundreds of policemen, some on horseback tried to keep the two groups apart.
The police in the past have been unable to ensure safe passage for cars passing on this road on Saturday, according to the Jerusalem Post newspaper. The tension mounted as horns blared and youths in vehicles shouted as they passed.
Then two of the Orthodox sect broke through the police barrier, in spite of appeals by the Jerusalem police commander to avoid violence.
The secular Jewish demonstrators clashed with the police. One man was injured, but reports say his inquiries were not serious.
As the injured man was taken to hospital, the scuffle continues, in what quickly developed into a general melee.
Several demonstrators were restrained and taken away by police, but there were no reports of their having been charged with offences. Then the Orthodox group began hurling stones down from their apartments.
The border police had enough and decided to clear the warring factions from the road.
The clash came to an end with reportedly little won or lost -- the traffic will continue to flow on the Sabbath.