Haredi riot in Jaffa causes injuries

Hundreds of haredis rioted in Jaffa, attacking police officers with bricks and rocks, over an archaeological dig.

Five policemen were injured and 15 ultra-Orthodox Jews were arrested June 16 in the riots over the dig, which the demonstrators say is disturbing a nearby Jewish burial site. A luxury housing complex is set to go up on the site once the dig is completed.

Demonstrators called police “Nazis” and “murderers.”

The demonstrations have been going on for several weeks. Earlier in the week, demonstrators damaged an archaeological excavation of ancient buildings, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. — jta