Neturei Karta Followers Demonstrate-peacefully This Time

About 300 residents of the Mea Shearim quarter demonstrated peacefully in the center of town last night to protest alleged “Sabbath desecration” by the Egged Bus Co. They marched from their quarter behind Rabbi Amram Blau, of the Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox sect which regards the establishment of the Jewish State before the advent of the Messiah as heresy. The crowd was addressed by Rabbi Yehezkel Halberstam, the “Stropkove rebbe” who denounced the attitude of the “Zionist State” toward religion. Some speeches were delivered in English. Discipline squads among the demonstrators maintained order in contrast to the stone-throwing by religious zealots at the Central Bus Terminal here last Saturday and Sunday. The Orthodox groups have been objecting to the operation of busses by Egged before the close of the Sabbath.

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