Israeli TV crew attacked in ultra-Orthodox city

AP , Sunday 25 Dec 2011

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attack Israel's Channel 2 crew in the city of Beit Shemesh close to Jerusalem, now a symbol of religious violence

Israeli police say a TV crew has been attacked by a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in a city that has become a symbol of violent religious extremism.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says ultra-Orthodox men surrounded a Channel 2 news truck and hurled stones at it, lightly wounding one member of the TV crew.

He says the rioters also stole TV equipment. The attack took place in Beit Shemesh, a city of 85,000 just outside Jerusalem.

On Friday, Channel 2 aired a story about tensions in the city between modern Orthodox residents and the extremist ultra-Orthodox Haredi sect.

The story featured an 8-year-old American girl who says she is afraid to walk to school in the morning because the town's Haredim have spat on her and cursed her.

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