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Protest Against Brutal Treatment of Arrested Demonstrators in Beis Shemesh

July 22, 2007

The Central Rabbinical Congress of U.S.A and Canada has called for a mass demonstration on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 at 2:30 PM in front of the consulate of the State of Israel at 800 2nd Ave, New York, to protest the brutal behavior of the Israeli police against religious Jewry in the State of Israel, as well as their legal system's discrimination against religious Jewry.

The latest in the series of events is their arrest of five scholars and holding them without bail, solely for the sin of participating in a rally protesting the removal by the municipal government of Bais Shemesh of a poster calling on women to wear modest clothing when entering the religious quarter of Bais Shemesh. The five are being treated brutally in prison by the police. One of them, Rabbi Moshe Leib Friedman, was beaten over the head by Officer Uri Algazy, who yelled at him, "You want to see how I hit a Jew!"

In another case, a rabbi was arrested without being shown any charges against him, or the name of the person bringing charges. The Internal Security Minister, Avi Dichter, issued an "immunity document" calling for all evidence to stay sealed. Such a document is normally issued only in cases of national security.

These are only examples of the day-after-day behavior of the Israeli authorities against religious Jews in the State of Israel. The Israelis' goal is to enforce secularism and make sure that religious Jewish communities establish no foothold.

About three thousand protesters are expected at this demonstration.