Police are reluctant to enter the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim because of residents’ violence, a police spokesman said during a recent court hearing over the remand of a neighborhood resident.
A police official said in court Thursday that the reason the police had not arrested a wanted man for more than a month, despite knowing where in Mea She’arim he was, was that every time they go into the neighborhood police property is damaged and they do not want unnecessary confrontations.
Police issued an arrest warrant on April 13 for Shalom Baruch Roset, who is accused of assault, property damage and making threats.
The official said police have “often tried to detain suspects for questioning” who belong to the same group as Roset, with the result that “we were attacked and the station chief sustained a head injury as a result of a stone thrown at him.”
He added that efforts to send police patrols into the neighborhood have “failed.”