Grandchildren Of Rabbi Sternbuch Attacked By Extremists After Moving To Disputed Site In Beit Shemesh

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Police are investigating a series of attacks and assaults against the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the Raavad (head of the rabbinical court) of the Eda Chareidis. The attacks were apparently perpetrated by extremists who oppose the Goloventzis neighborhood established in Beit Shemesh, claiming that it is built over Jewish tombs.

Recently Rabbi Yonah Sternbuch, the grandson of the Raavad, moved to the neighborhood, which was built after his grandfather ruled that all of the tombs in the area are gentiles and therefore have no sanctity. Since Rabbi Sternbuch’s move, his family have been subjected to a series of harassments, including chasing the children away and even throwing stones at the vans bringing them to their Talmud Torahs in a different section of Beit Shemesh.

People who tried to protect the children from the attacks have themselves been attacked by the extremists, In one case the van carrying the children was stoned and the windshield was broken. In other instances the children were harried as they entered and exited their educational institutions. Extremists even threatened people who photographed their actions.

Police said that they are investigating the incidents but urged the victims to submit complaints in order to help the police act swiftly and effectively.

 


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