UTJ Demands Investigating Committee To Look Into Yerushalayim Handling Of Clashes


protest6An investigating committee will be set up to look into the clashes that have shaken Yerushalayim in recent weeks, Deputy Education Minister Rabbi Meir Porush told a Knesset meeting held to discuss the issue this week.

“Where the Mayor derives the authority to penalize entire city neighborhoods must also be looked into,” said Rabbi Porush. “How can it be that if somebody burns a trash bin at Rechov Meah Shearim 85, an old man at Rechov Meah Shearim 5 has to suffer because the municipality decided not to clear away his¬†trash? Even if the municipality has to take extreme measures, is that the policy? When collective punishment is used against other sectors here in this country or in other countries, we go up in arms and protest this kind of conduct.”

Rabbi Porush also told the Knesset, “I’m not looking for ways to spar with the Mayor. Under the previous mayor, Rabbi Lupoliansky, there were also incidents like this, and when it was necessary to stop services [the Mayor’s Office] did not issue press statements because it’s nothing to be happy about. Therefore the question is about the municipality’s conduct, and I’m telling you there are things that ought to be looked into.”

{Eliezer Rauchberber-Deiah veDibur/Matzav.com Newscenter}