Amid clashes with police, dangerous Sukkah with pole shot in Jerusalem – .

Amid clashes with police, dangerous Sukkah with pole shot in Jerusalem – .

Jerusalem city officials dismantled a sukkah early Sunday morning that was considered dangerous because it was perched on two-story scaffolding above a residential street.

Local residents clashed with police who helped city workers remove the structure from Rabbi Sonnenfeld Street.

Police said in a statement that the sukkah posed a “real danger to life and property, impact[ed] the public using the road and in danger[ed] the public arriving at a nearby dispensary.

The video showed protesters scaling the lattice of poles supporting the sukkah, apparently in an effort to prevent its demolition.

There were no reports of arrests or injuries.

The sukkah, a temporary abode in which religious Jews settle for the upcoming Sukkot holiday, belonged to Rabbi Moshe Bransdorfer, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Eda Haredit faction.

The action was taken after negotiations in recent days for a peaceful solution led the owners to agree to dismantle the sukkah themselves, but then sought a court order to delay its demolition, the police statement said. . The court dismissed the appeal, and because the sukkah nonetheless remained standing, it was demolished by the city, police said.

Last week at least one person was arrested in clashes with police and city workers who had arrived to demolish the sukkah but were unable to complete the task due to the protests, which saw some people barricaded themselves. inside the structure.

Images of the wood-paneled cabin balancing atop a jumble of seemingly precarious scaffolding directly above a busy street had sparked a shock when shared online.

The city said the structure posed a danger to public safety and sent police officers to demolish the structure, although community members produced documents claiming to show the structure had been inspected and approved by an engineer.

Police and City of Jerusalem workers dismantle a sukkah in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood, considered a security hazard, on September 19, 2021. (Israel Police)

Police often meet strong resistance while trying to enforce government regulations in Mea Shearim, a Jerusalem island stronghold of hardline Haredi Judaism under the de facto rule of rabbinical authorities wary of the secular government.

Clashes have been sparked in the past because of attempts to arrest rebellious people or enforce coronavirus regulations there, among others. But authorities have also been accused of turning a blind eye to avoid angering the community.

The ultra-Orthodox community recently suffered two deadly structural collapses, drawing attention to overcrowding and safety regulations for makeshift structures.

On April 30, 45 people were killed in the worst civil disaster in the country’s history when a system of ramparts at a shrine on Mount Meron failed during a pilgrimage to Lag Ba’omer attended by hundreds. thousands of people, resulting in a massive crash.

A few weeks later, the bleachers of a new Haredi synagogue in Givat Ze’ev settlement collapsed, killing two and injuring hundreds.

Because a Sukkah traditionally needs an unobstructed view of the sky, Mea Shearim’s maze of small streets and older buildings is known to become even more crowded above Sukkot, with nearly every available plot occupied. by a temporary structure, and forcing some to climb. with creative solutions.

The Sukkot holiday week begins on Monday evening.


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