Jerusalem parking lot protests peaceful

Protests against a Jerusalem parking lot opening on Shabbat were peaceful for the first time in 11 weeks.

More than 1,000 ultra-Orthodox demonstrators gathered in their own Jerusalem neighborhood and did not attempt to block streets or the entrance to the Carta parking lot Sept. 4 and 5.

A letter from the Edat Haredit rabbinical court warned protesters to rein in the violence. Edat Haredit represents several insular Chassidic organizations.

The letter stated that “in protests for the dignity of heavens, and against those seeking to overrun the fortifications of religious wisdom, one must still conduct himself by Torah law and spirit, not to carry out acts of violence like stoning, burning and spitting or to cause any damage to any property.” — jta