The attack on the deputy mayor of Jerusalem and the rabbi was organized by supporters of Berland

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 The attack on the deputy mayor of Jerusalem and the rabbi  was organized by supporters of Berland

Two people were arrested during the riots during the celebrations at the grave of Shimon HaTzadik. Hasidic supporters of convicted sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland pelted the chief rabbi of Safed for his harsh criticism of Berland. The Vice Mayor of the capital Arie King was slightly injured, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu was not injured.

The incident occurred during public celebrations at the grave of Shimon HaTzadik in the Sheikh Jarrah district.
According to the police report, the participants riots started throwing stones at King and Eliyahu, shouting, “He imprisoned a rabbi.” order and show zero tolerance for any kind of violence”, — The police said in a statement.

Eliyahu, considered one of Berland's harshest critics, accused him of instigating his followers.

Berland. A real criminal whose henchmen almost killed a man. I think these people demand real repentance, and this man, Berland, should be in jail because he incites people to terrible things, — said the rabbi.

Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Bonim cult, served separate prison terms in the past for sex offenses and fraud and was implicated in the murder of a teenager last year, but was never charged.

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