A group of extreme right wing orthodox Jews, in Jerusalem, protest. They protest often. Their latest victim is the computer giant, Intel.
It doesn't even matter why they are protesting. They say religion, I say money and power. Tomato Tomahto.
What stands out as unusual is the deal the police made with the Rabbi at the head of these protests.
I think the quote from the haaretz newspaper article sums it up best:
"Ultra-Orthodox protests over the past few months have subjected police to verbal and physical violence, which was said to represent a transgression of limitations set last summer by Rabbi Weiss, after officers warned him they may not be able to control their men if they continue to be subjected to spits and taunts."
I'm from Chicago. You have a row of riot police standing in a line and a group of protesters start to spit, they are going to crack some skulls. Taunts are taunts. The police are adults and are trained, or are expected, to be able to handle taunts. But spitting is considered assault. Spitting on police is considered assaulting an officer. These are criminal assault charges and may be charged after the cop subdues their assailant.
AND THE POLICE IN ISRAEL ARE BEGGING THIS RABBI TO PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE STOP SPITTING ON THE POLICE OFFICERS.
Any commander who ordered their officers to stand still and be spit on doesn't deserve to lead.