Thousands protest in Jerusalem over rabbis’ detentions
Thousands of ultra-orthodox and nationalist right-wing Israelis rallied peacefully outside Jerusalem’s Supreme Court Monday night in a public display aimed at expressing solidarity with two rabbis recently detained in a police probe into incitement surrounding a controversial religious text published two years ago.
The demonstrations underscored growing tension between religious and judicial authorities in Israel following the police detention and questioning of two popular rabbis regarding their alleged endorsement of a book that justifies the killing non-Jews.
Speaking to the assembled crowd, Rabbi Zalman Melamed, the head a religious school in the West Bank settlement of Bet El, said: “The people of Israel are returning to the land of Israel and the Bible. Neither the attorney general’s office, nor the Supreme Court, nor the po