Police detain 5 at ultra-Orthodox protest in Jerusalem

Religious Jews demonstrate against violation of Sabbath by blocking major intersection

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Jerusalem police on Saturday afternoon arrested five ultra-Orthodox protesters who participated in a demonstration against violation of the Sabbath and blocked an intersection near the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

Approximately 200 ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the intersection of Hanevi’im and Isaiah streets in a protest against cars being on the road on Saturday. Driving a car is forbidden on the Sabbath according to halachic Judaism.

Police forces arrived at the scene and dispersed the protest. Five protesters, including one minor, were detained for questioning. Jerusalem police reported that no one was injured in the incident.

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