Haifa city officials took an appallingly destructive approach to evicting talmidim from a yeshiva on Saturday night, amid claims that the space was ‘unlawfully rented.’
Having just arrived on Thursday with their belongings, the talmidim left on motzei shabbos to attend a melave malka. While they were out, chaos ensued: Haifa city employees entered the yeshiva, destroying seforim, furniture, and personal belongings. The talmidim returned to be told that they could not enter.
City Director-General Gadi Margalit has reportedly taken personal responsibility for ‘using his authority’ to close down the yeshiva. Yeshiva representatives are adamant that they occupied the space lawfully, and even compared Saturday’s events to Kristalnacht.
When news of the eviction reached the home of Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit”a, the Rav called on the Jewish People to join the yeshiva’s urgent efforts to re-establish itself. This includes replacing furniture and seforim, and moving into a new location.
Rav Kanievsky will pray personally for all donors to the yeshiva’s fundraising campaign.
Until the proper money is raised, the talmidim will continue to live in a state of disruption. The yeshiva’s community is deeply shaken by this traumatic event.