Two Orthodox Jewish youths have been indicted for burning the Israeli flag during an anti-Zionist street protest in Jerusalem (al-Quds).
Scores of Neturei Karta members staged a demonstration in the city’s Shabbat Square on Sunday evening to coincide with a ceremony held to honor Israel’s dead soldiers.
Israeli security forces clashed with the protestors when one of the latter torched an Israeli flag just after the "Memorial Day" siren went off.
The man identified as Yehiel Hazan was immediately arrested by undercover police and indicted the next day in an expedited procedure. Disorderly conduct and "desecration" of the Israeli flag are among the offenses attributed to Hazan.
The police reported that a similar indictment was issued against a 14-year-old boy caught torching the flag during the same demonstration.
Israeli authorities witnessed another embarrassing event on Sunday in which a group of about 20 ultra-Orthodox Jews were attending as birthday celebration in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
The Neturei Karta sect has been a thorn in Tel Aviv’s side for its vocal criticism of Israel’s policies and its mistreatment of the Palestinians.
Last January, a number of the sect’s members visited the Gaza Strip and spent Shabbat there in a show of support for some 1.5 million Palestinians living there.