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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters scuffle with police

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 00:58

Aug. 12 - Israeli police use horses and water cannon to counter Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators as they aim to protect site believed to be sacred burial ground. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Approximately 100 ultra-Orthodox protesters stormed the city of Beit Shemesh in Israel on Monday, trying to protect a site which a Haredi document describes as having burial caves containing grave stones. Ultra-Orthodox men shouted at police and set fire to garbage containers in a housing construction site about 30 kilometers or 18 miles west of Jerusalem. They blocked a main road, prompting police to drag them on the street to clear the way. Police said they detained 29 protesters following twin demonstrations in Beit Shemesh and Mea Shearim, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. The ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim (Hebrew for "those who tremble (before God)"), have gone from being a tiny minority in Israel's society to its fastest-growing sector. Haredim make up 10 percent of Israel's eight million population and they are expanding rapidly, with families of 10 children not uncommon. Often living in de-facto ghettos of their own making, the majority of Haredi men are allowed to shun the army and dedicate their life to religious study. Their high birthrates and bloc voting patterns have helped them secure political influence.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters scuffle with police

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 00:58