By COLlive reporter
Riots erupted in the Israeli city of Arad during the funeral procession of its Chief Rabbi Benzion Lipsker Thursday.
A group of Sudanese refugees, led by local missionaries, began to violently protest the thousands of Chabad Chassidim and Jewish residents gathered to pay their respects.
The late Chabad rabbi who passed away Wednesday at the age of 65, was at the forefront of the battle against missionaries and was even beaten by one in the past.
At the funeral, several policemen, including the commanding officer Yuval Paz, were injured.
Police took into custody Rebecca Fry Fnzord and Barry Fnzord, said to be two missionary operatives in the city.
“We can say about Rabbi Lipsker – he loved his fellow beings and brought them close to the Torah,” Kfar Chabad Rabbi Shmuel Ashkenasi quoted from Mishna Avot.
The Mayor of Arad Gideon Bar Lev and Yeshaya Ungar of the Benzion Synagogue spoke at the ceremony before heading to Jerusalem.
Rabbi Yaakov Mendelson, who will be taking his father-in-law’s position, said the rabbi’s last words were “I love you all.”
His siblings Batsheva Feigenson, Zehava Perlow, Tzivia Grossman and Eli Lipsker are sitting Shivah at 822 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Another brother, Shliach Rabbi Zalman Lipsker is sitting at his home at 2136 Vista Street, Philadelphia, PA.
His children will be sitting shiva in Arad.