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Orthodox Jews clash with police over tax inspections

July 13, 2011 12:19 P.M. (Updated: July 13, 2011 9:04 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Hundreds of ultra-Orthdox Jews clashed with police in a conservative neighborhood of Jerusalem on Wednesday as tax officials tried to carry out inspections, a police spokesman said.

Micky Rosenfeld said several tax authority representatives entered the Mea Shearim neighborhood on Wednesday morning to carry out "examinations, check-ups and closures" of several businesses.

"Disturbances developed involving representatives of the community. Stones and other objects were thrown at police officers," he said.

"Four people have been arrested and police are still at the scene responding to the situation."

Rosenfeld said 200-300 protesters were still clashing with around 40 police on the scene.

Israeli media reported that the protesters were from the Neturei Karta movement, an ultra-Orthodox group that fiercely rejects the authority of a Jewish state.

The reports said that the tax inspectors were seeking to close down an illegal slaughterhouse in the neighborhood.

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