Saturday's protest in Jerusalem
The ultra-Orthodox, from the extreme Eda Haredit faction, say keeping the Karta parking lot open on Saturday's constitutes a desecration of the Sabbath. They regularly try to block traffic during the protests.
Over the past few weeks, residents of the nearby Mamilla neighborhood and activists from the Israel Hofshit (Be Free Israel) organization have been staging counter-protests in the area.
"Over the past few years a small group of radical haredim, consisting mostly of bored teens, has been trying to disrupt the daily routine of seculars in the area. We urge the sane majority to join us," one of the activists said during last week's demonstration, during which three haredim were arrested.
One of the ultra-Orthodox protesters said, "All of the seculars who are standing here and laughing will be held accountable."
Oren Farid, a resident of the neighborhood, said "we do not have a problem with the haredim protesting here; we have a problem with the blocking of roads, the spitting and stone-throwing. Today was the first time during this round of protests that police managed to prevent the blocking of the road."