Jewish Journal

Jerusalem mayor attacked by ultra-Orthodox mob

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 11, 2009 | 6:05 am


Fervently Orthodox Jews mobbed Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and threw stones at his car.

The mayor’s car was damaged in Sunday evening’s attack, which occurred as Barkat was leaving a personal meeting with a prominent Jerusalem rabbi in the Ezrat Torah neighborhood. Police were called to bring the mayor to safety.

“I will not succumb to violence, and whoever thinks he will make strides through violence and bullying is incorrect,“ Barkat said following the incident.

In other ultra-Orthodox news, I heard a report on BBC’s “The World” yesterday about the growing ranks of Haredim who hope to rebuild the temple in their lifetime. But the site of the Second Temple, destroyed in 70 AD, was on top of what is now the Dome of the Rock, in the Palestinian part of Jerusalem.

Considering the blood that has been shed over alleged attacks on the Quran, it would take more than an act of God for Jews to rebuild the temple.

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