Jerusalem police reject claims a deal was cut with Charedim for succot events

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Jerusalem police reject claims a deal was cut with Charedim for succot events

'These allegations are false and we categorically reject them' police said, after unnamed Charedi sources were quoted by Haaretz

Ultra orthodox Jewish men shop for "four species" in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat, on September 29, 2020,  Photo by: Ayal Margolin-JINIPIX
Ultra orthodox Jewish men shop for "four species" in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat, on September 29, 2020, Photo by: Ayal Margolin-JINIPIX

Jerusalem police reportedly allowed mass Charedi events for succot to go forward provided there was no filming or other public documentation, according to Haaretz.

Citing two unnamed Charedi sources, the paper reported that police promised not to enter yeshiva study halls and large communal succahs during the holiday as long as outsiders were barred from the events and there was no public documentation. The weeklong succot holiday typically draws thousands of celebrants to large public events.

In a tweet, the Israel Police denied the paper’s report.

“These allegations are false and we categorically reject them. The police did not allow the representatives of the Hasidim to hold mass events during the holiday and did not set conditions or anything else,” the police tweeted.

Israel is currently in the midst of an intensified lockdown that has shuttered non-essential businesses, dramatically curbed public gatherings, and severely limited travel beyond about a half-mile from home. Police have clashed with Charedi Jews throughout the country over enforcement of these rules.

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