Rabbis belonging to the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Lithuanian sect have zealously backed 19-year-old yeshiva student, Asher Valis, who was accused of beating his 3-month-old son to death. Rabbis have called on their community to provide moral and financial support for Valis even though he is being held for manslaughter. They have also met with the Justice Ministry who release the suspect on bail as early as Tuesday. Other meetings have been called off due to Haredi violence. Since Valis’ arrest, trash bins have been torched and roads have been blocked within the Haredi community as a means of protest. Police said Valis admitted to hurling his son against the wall, but told doctors the baby had fallen. Rabbi Yitzhak Weiss, a halachic authority on Jewish Law, claimed that Valis’s indictment was identical to blood libels fabricated by the Europeans against the Jews before Passover. This ultra-Orthodox sect is anti-Zionist, receives no money from the State unlike other orthodox factions, boycotts Israeli elections and cuts any other ties with the Zionist state.
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