Clashes ahead of court ruling on parade

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox men riot in Jerusalem following attorney
general's decision to approve gay pride parade. Protestors set fire to
garbage bins, block roads and hurl stones at police officers; 20
detained. High Court to rule on issue Monday morning
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox men rioted Sunday night in Jerusalem ahead
of the High Court of Justice's ruling on whether to approve the gay
pride parade, which is planned to take place in the capital Friday.  
The Jerusalem Police detained 20 rioters so far, and large forces were
dispatched to the area. Four police officers and a Haaretz photographer
were lightly injured.  
Attorney General's Decision  
Mazuz's solution: 'Modest' gay parade  / Efrat Weiss  
At end of meeting with attorney general, Jerusalem District Police
Commander Major General Ilan Franco says he will try and meet with Open
House representatives in bid to find ways 'to hold a modest pride
parade at a place and time which parties will agree upon'    
Jerusalem District Police Commander Ilan Franco is expected to meet
Monday with representatives of the Open House for Pride and Tolerance
in a bid to find a way to hold the parade, which will be accepted by
both parties. 
The violent wave of protest was resumed after Attorney General Menachem
Mazuz decided to approve the parade.  
Harsh clashes erupted in the Meah Shearim neighborhood. The haredim
hurled large stones at the police, and in response the police officers
sprayed water at the rioters and mounted police were dispatched to the
area.  
Police officials reported that at least four of the detainees in
Jerusalem hurled stones at police officers in the city, while others
blocked a road.  
The Jerusalem Border Guard spokeswoman was also attacked by haredim in
the capital. The ultra-Orthodox men saw a police car, blocked it, tried
to enter it and placed garbage bins on the route. The spokeswoman
escaped unharmed.  
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz refused on Sunday to accept the
police's position that the parade should not be held. He told senior
police officials: “We have to make a decision – either we give in to
threats or we deal with them. We have to exert efforts to find an
equation so that it can be secured.” 
Mazuz added that “comprehensively giving in to threats is a threat to
democracy, and therefore it is unthinkable not to hold the parade.  
He sent Jerusalem District Police Commander to meet with Open House
representatives in a bid to reach an understanding on a “modest
parade.” 
Aviram Zino contributed to the report
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