This Bench of the Week is ugly, but it is representative of the week that was, here in Jerusalem.
The wheels, handle and frame, and the green melted plastic sticking to the bench are the remains of a big trash bin.
The torching of garbage bins and garbage in some squares and main streets of Jerusalem's religious neighborhoods is a favorite way of protesting for some.
Last week the haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) were protesting the Mayor's permitting that an underground parking lot near the Old City would remain open on the Sabbath day.
This week the extreme sects (like the anti-Zionist Toldot Aharon which does not recognize the State of Israel) were rioting for another cause. They wanted one of theirs, a pregnant mother arrested for suspected child abuse, to be released from jail.
It is all very complicated and emotionally charged. But I think the heat of summer and the boredom for some youth out on vacation from school is part of the problem that "fans the fire."
If you really want to try to understand, here are various articles:
situation as of Friday late afternoon
a Jerusalem Post background article
Haaretz news video and article
an editorial against "collective punishment" of haredim
UPDATE: The woman has been released from jail to house arrest, in the house of a neighborhood (Mea Shearim) rabbi's family. Let's hope this will end the burning and smashing and stone throwing.
Let us have Shabbat shalom, please God.