On Thursday about 300 ultra-Orthodox protesters confronted police over the construction of a complex meant to house some 1,000 Jewish families because they believe the site contains ancient Jewish graves.
The scuffle in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh comes three months after about 100 ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area burned trash cans, smashed bus windows, set a field on fire, and threw rocks at police officers.
“We came because there are old graves and because according to Jewish law and the sages, it is a great sin to damage graves and bones,” protester Yosef Krozer told the Jerusalem Post in August, insisting that “building here is forbidden.”
Usually reports of rock-throwing regard Palestinians protesting the settlement construction — the Palestinian peace negotiation team just resigned over continued building — but rock throwing occurs of all sides of the conflict over the Holy Land.
An Israeli police spokesperson said 8 ultra-Orthodox protesters were detained for questioning and were later released.
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