Footage taken Tuesday evening showed dozens of charedim in in Meah Shearim chasing after two religious girls, residents of the Musrara neighborhood, pelting them with cardboard boxes, stones and firecrackers and swearing at them profusely.
The two young women happened to stumble into the middle of a protest against the giyus, according to eyewitnesses present on the scene.
David Perlmutter, present at the scene, said the girls escaped towards the Kikar Shabbos, where a police force was stationed. “They were chased by dozens of youths, who intermittently encircled them and threw rocks and firecrackers at them,” he said.
“They were accosted,” he further explained, “due to their indecent attire—relative to the area’s norms—as well as due to the fact they happened to enter the vicinity of the protest.”
A short time later, other eyewitnesses added, the girls returned to the site flanked by two more girls and a bike-riding boy, and tensions erupted anew.