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Israeli police act against Haredi jews

Israeli police act against Haredi jews
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Israeli police and ultra-orthodox jews have clashed on the outskirts of Jerusalem after demands to crack down on religious zealots accused of harassing women.

Several people were arrested and one policeman was injured by a flying rock in Beit Shemesh.

The Israeli prime minister ordered the action after hearing claims that some of the orthodox men targeted women and girls they believe are behaving immodestly.

There were heated exchanges too with an Israeli TV crew. Police said members of the orthodox community hurled stones at the TV vehicle and stole some equipment.

The crew were from a channel that broadcast the tale of an eight year old girl who said she was scared to go to primary school because some of the men had spat at her and called her a prostitute.

Naama Margolese said: “When I walk to school in the morning I used to get a tummy-ache I was so scared that they were going to stand around and start yelling.”

Israeli women have complained for years of being forced by fundamentalist Haredi men to sit at the back of buses.

Activists are planning a big rally in Beit Shemesh. Police presence has been stepped up.