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Journalist said attacked as ultra-Orthodox protest Intel

Nov. 15, 2009 9:02 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2009 12:54 P.M.)
Jerusalem – Ma’an – Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators attacked a Palestinian photojournalist and damaged his car in Jerusalem on Saturday, he told Ma’an.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis demonstrated against work taking place on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, in front of a new plant opened by microchip giant Intel in West Jerusalem.

The photographer Ata Uweisat said he was assaulted when he tried to cover the protest.

Israeli police surrounded and dispersed the demonstrators, Uweisat added. The protesters chanted slogans denouncing the police as also desecrating the Sabbath.

According to The Associated Press, around 1,000 protesters, clad in traditional black coats and hats, banged on the door of the plant chanting "Shabbes! Shabbes!" — the Yiddish word for Sabbath.

Similar demonstrations have taken place every saturday since the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality two months ago opened a parking lot that operates on Saturdays.

Religious Jews are forbidden from working from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the assault on Uweisat. The union's head, Awad Awad, called on all local and Palestinian officials to provide protection for journalists on the job. He described the assault on Uweisat as violation of international conventions.

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