Aliza Bloch, the mayor of Beit Shemesh, was forced to leave the Ramat Beit Shemesh B neighborhood on Tuesday night after arriving there to open a new Vizhnitz Hasidic school.
Bloch’s car was damaged by a group of fanatics from the neighborhood, who also punctured its tires. After that, they gathered outside the structure and set garbage cans on fire.
Additionally, the new furniture intended for the Vizhnitz school was damaged by the extremists. After nearly an hour, police arrived, dispersed the rioters, and used a back exit from the building to rescue the mayor.
The rioters, according to the mayor’s bureau, “are a small extremist group who do not represent the vast majority of Beit Shemesh’s residents.” Following the event, Interior Minister Moshe Arbel stated, “I spoke tonight with Mayor Dr. Aliza Bloch of Beit Shemesh following the terrible attack she faced.
Every act of violence, including those committed against elected leaders, must be eradicated. As part of his remarks, Arbel added, “I expect the enforcement agencies to act immediately to protect the elected officials in the local government against anyone who raises their hands on elected officials and public servants.”
In order to bring those responsible for the violence and vandalism at the scene to justice, police stated that they were looking into the incident.
עשרות חרדים הבעירו פחים ותקפו את רכבה של עליזה בלוך, ראש עיריית בית שמש, לאחר שהגיעה לאירוע חנוכת תלמוד תורה בעיר. שמשות רכבה נופצו והגלגלים נוקבו. לאחר כשעה, המשטרה חילצה את ראש העיר בכוחות מתוגברים, וללא נפגעים@HGoldich pic.twitter.com/tHw7HmFQSU
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