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Jewish “Nazis” disperse ultra-orthodox Jews protesting car park

June 27, 2009

Violent protests at opening of car park on Sabbath

Published Date: 27 June 2009

By Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem

IN MOST cities, the location and opening hours of a car park would have no existential meaning. In Jerusalem, they are the fuel of an escalating ideological war between secular and religious Jews.

Ordered into the streets by their rabbis, thousands of ultra-orthodox protesters earlier this month tried to storm a car park next to the city hall after the new secular mayor, Nir Barkat, opened it on the Sabbath. In a country that more often sees violent protests by Palestinians, thousands of ultra-orthodox protesters hurled rockets, bottles and screams of “Nazis” at police before they were pushed back to the ultra-orthodox stronghold of Mea Shearim.

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