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‘Jewish Taliban’ battle riot police over Sabbath car park opening in Jerusalem

THOUSANDS of ultra-Orthodox Jews were expected to clash with riot police in Jersalem again last night in the latest protest against the opening of the city’s municipal car parks on the Jewish Sabbath.

Father of 11, Yoelish Krausz, a leading member of the 'Jewish Taliban'

Father of 11, Yoelish Krausz, a leading member of the 'Jewish Taliban'. Photo: Gali Tibbon

The decision by the secular Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, to open the car parks has enraged the city’s ultra-Orthodox population and has turned into an effective battle for the soul of the city, according to this report.

Said Yoelish Krausz, an ultra-Orthodox protest organiser:

If we win this fight, then Jerusalem is ours.

Known in Hebrew as Haredim, or those who fear God, Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox population numbers about 200,000, or 32 per cent of the city’s Jewish population.

Krausz added:

Jewish people who choose to violate Jewish law in private is one thing but for the public authorities, who are Jewish and who are in control of city, to violate the Sabbath, that is a direct challenge to the word of God.

Fearful that the opening of the car parks will lead to the widespread opening of shopping malls and other desecration of the Sabbath, Krausz maintains that the protests will continue every Saturday until the municipality reverses its policy.

Krausz says his ultimate goal is to bring about a change in the way Jerusalem is governed.

We want international sovereignty for Jerusalem. This is a city that belongs to everyone, to Jews, to Christians and to the Arabs. The worst thing is that it be governed by Jews who disobey God.

An ultra-Orthodox protester is hauled off by riot police

An ultra-Orthodox protester is hauled off by riot police. Ahmad Gharabli / AFP - Getty Images

The fight over the car parks is not the only source of tension between the Haredim and the local authorities. Last month the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox mother accused of starving her son sparked riots across the city.

Krausz, a member of the Edah Haredit sect of Haredi Jews, which strongly opposes Zionism and the state of Israel, said he spoke for 9,000 families in Jerusalem – or about 90,000 people in total. At 37 and already a father of 11, his family came to Jerusalem from Hungary after the end of World War II.

But just as Krausz and his barmy army seek to exert maximum pressure on the Jerusalem municipality, the mayor, Nir Barkat, is under enormous pressure from secular and mainstream religious Jews not to cave into the Haredim.

Said Tzvi Fisher, 53:

I call them the Jewish Taliban. They have no respect for any way of life other than their own, and I am here to urge the mayor not to give into their thuggish intimidation and threats of violence.

Fisher says it is time Barkat took a more aggressive stance.

We let them get away with everything. Women’s rights, gender-segregated transport, allowing them not to serve in the army and huge state social security support.

With the multiplex cinema at the Jerusalem Mall now set to close and be replaced by a Swedish department store, Fisher also blames the Haredim for Jerusalem’s dwindling number of cinemas.

Under pressure from the ultra-Orthodox, the developer of the new Mamilla Mall in the downtown area agreed to scrap his original plan to allow a new cinema complex, he said.

By the end of next year there will only be two cinemas left in the whole city. I’ve had enough of this.

20 responses to “‘Jewish Taliban’ battle riot police over Sabbath car park opening in Jerusalem”

  1. shargraves says:

    Funny how, when a minor situation arises, car park opening times for example, that would inconvenience swathes of the population, the religious hove into view and their first port of call is threats of violence…. Funny that, for people "of god" etc…

    I'm as PC as they come, and without meaning to be too unkind, these sickly looking fellas look like they'd struggle to knock the skin off a rice pudding.

  2. barry_duke says:

    Ah, but how they can screw!

  3. barriejohn says:

    This lunatic says that he wants Jerusalem to "belong to everyone" – Jews, Christians and Arabs – and then says that any administration that doesn't observe strict, ultra-Orthodox Jewish law would be "the worst thing" for the city! Am I missing something here?

  4. Alan C says:

    They should all move to the Western Isles they'd fit right in with the wee frees……………………Once they'd sorted out just exactly which day IS the Sabbath.
    According to the bible the Jews have it right as Saturday.

  5. shargraves says:

    Indeed Barry, I'm the same age as that nutter, and only recently became a father, but that guy looks like he's in his 50s at least.

    11 kids. Doesn't he have a telly?

    Again, not casting aspersions, I'd hate to see the woman who thinks he was a catch. And let him on 11 times.

    Are these the dudes who use that sheet with a hole in it though? I saw that on Curb Your Enthusiasm…..

  6. Har Davids says:

    Maybe these people, together with the rest of the assorted reli-nuts, should move to Afghanistan, they seem to have a lot in common with the Talibs there. Get the women and children out first, and let their gods sort it out.

  7. mikespeir says:

    How does Krausz keep his hat levitating like that?

  8. William Harwood says:

    90,000 Jewish Talibanites are using terrorism to impose an unelected sovereignty on 7.5 million Israelis, just as 50 million Christian Talibanites are using terrorism to impose an unelected sovereignty on 300 million Americans, and ONE Vatican Ayatollah is using the threat of posthumous terrorism to impose an unelected sovereignty on the whole civilized world. (He knows better than to threaten uncivilized Allahites). So what else is new?

  9. uzza says:

    With eleven kids and a wife to support, where does this jerk find time to go around protesting anything? Follow the money, and dimes to doughnuts he's on the dole or some such.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Well, you've put your finger on it there, Alan C! I was thinking of originating the Muslim-Judaeo-Christian religion, in an attempt to bring the three great, monotheistic "faiths" together. Not only would this strike a great blow for world peace and mutual toleration, but we'd only be working from Monday to Thursday!!

  11. barriejohn says:

    Go back and read what Tzvi Fisher said!

  12. barriejohn says:

    But they wouldn't see any conflict there, like the Muslim fundamentalists in Britain. Taking mney off the government and then working against that government is not seen as being in any way immoral or contradictory: in fact they take great pride in doing it!!

  13. barriejohn says:

    But they wouldn't see any conflict there, like the Muslim fundamentalists in Britain. Taking money off the government and then working against that government is not seen as being in any way immoral or contradictory: in fact they take great pride in doing it!!

  14. barriejohn says:

    I've seen comedians with hats like that: they wobble around and look very funny! I don't think he's a "kosher" Jew at all, he's a student dressed up as an Orthodox Jew, pulling a rag week stunt!!

  15. barriejohn says:

    Nope. He won't have a telly – just like the fanatical Muzzies and Evangelicals. They're all against cinemas as well, as this article ponts out! No one seems to have actually bothered to read what Tzvi Fisher was saying!!

  16. shargraves says:

    The telly line is a traditional English joke when someone has more than 3 or 4 kids.

    I read what Mr Fisher was saying, but as a perennial piss taker, I lost interest after trying to pronounce his first name 5 or 6 times,.

    Fuck the cinemas anyway – those wankers aren't missing anything – there has been less than a dozen intelligent films worth seeing released this millenium.

  17. barriejohn says:

    I knew it was a joke, shargraves, though sadly the fact that they want to ban moving images isn't, but just sounds like a joke!

    (PS I agree with you about the cinema, though we seem to be in the minority. I watched about five minutes of the new Poseidon last night before giving up on it, and wondering, as I always do, why they bother producing such piss-poor remakes of films that were so very good originally!)

  18. remigius says:

    shargraves.

    I hope Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth is on your list of less than a dozen intelligent films worth seeing since the millenium.

    If not, why noy?

    Tis feckin' brilliant!

  19. shargraves says:

    I'm a bit of a film nut – so I know of it – but never got round to seeing it. I will check it out.

  20. GNG says:

    Very good Idea Har

    Godless not gormless