Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Police and Tax Authorities storming Mea Shearim


This morning, hundreds of policemen were storming into the Mea Shearim neighbourhood (Jerusalem). Not only cops but also investigators from the local tax authorities. Apparently four people got arrested, among them Yoelish Kroisz, the head of one of the two Mea Shearim Neturei Karta branches. 

Throwing stones in Mea Shearim this morning.

According to the tax authorities, Mea Shearim inhabitants (including Yoelish Kroisz) have been running their own businesses for many years without paying any taxes or even having a permit from the municipality. It goes without saying that many people in Mea Shearim aren’t interested in asking the “Zionist” state for permission or paying taxes. On the other hand, everyone else in Israel has to pay taxes and why not Mea Shearim. 

Yoelish Kroisz getting arrested today. Business documents from his office and his home were confiscated.

Although haredi sites claim the brutal behaviour of the YASSAM police unit, Haredim were throwing stones and this cannot happen unpunished. Moreover, Mea Shearim is not the only neighbourhood being investigated by the tax authorities. Some months ago, police and tax authorities were storming the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv because half of the vendors don’t have a permission from the municipality either. 


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