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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 

Haredis rioted over privately owned multiplex opening on Shabbat

There was a riot a few days ago, all because of a privately owned movie business:
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men rioted across from the new Yes Planet multiplex in Jerusalem on Friday night, in protest of the owner's decision to hold weekend screenings. Protesters hurled rocks at police forces who were called to the area, and clashed with the troops. Several cars and buildings, including an Israel Broadcasting Authority’s security post, were lightly damage, but no injuries were reported and no arrests were made.

The new movie complex, which opened Friday, is a 16-screen, six-story theater that spans 28,500 square meters (307,000 square feet), built with an investment of NIS 200 million ($53 million). The privately owned multiplex is located in the Abu Tor neighborhood, south of the Old City, which is not in close proximity to any of the capital's ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.

Protests over the complex operations in Shabbat ensued in the capital’s haredi neighborhoods of Romema and Mea Shearim, as demonstrators claimed operating the multiplex on the weekend was a violation of the secular-religious status quo. Police closed off the area and used crowed-control measures to disperse the riot.
All they were doing was looking for excuses to disrupt Shabbat themselves, and their actions are disrespectful of property owners.

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