Jerusalem cops make first arrest in ultra-Orthodox wars

An indictment was filed Thursday against a key member of an extremist ultra-Orthodox faction following a “reign of terror” in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood.

The indictment of Yosef Meir Hazan was a victory for police in their ongoing war against the Sikarikim, an extremist ultra-Orthodox faction. Hazan, 21, is thought to be one of three leaders of the group’s young guard. He was arrested early last week after a five-month manhunt.

Mea She’arim residents said Hazan’s followers have imposed a reign of terror on the neighborhood that has included repeatedly vandalizing the Or Hachaim Center bookstore, partly in protest of the Zionist books on sale there. But their chief targets were the Gur Hasidim living in Beit Warsaw, a section of the neighborhood whose ownership is disputed among various sects.


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