I'm just gonna go ahead and Godwin this in-title.
January 1, 2012 11:40 AM Subscribe
posted by escabeche (75 comments total)
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Yesterday, 1500 protesters denounced the Netanyahu government, carrying signs reading "Zionism is racism" and wearing yellow stars to emphasize comparison between the Israel and the Nazi state. “What’s happening is exactly like what happened in Germany,” said one man wearing a yellow star. “It started with incitement and continued to different types of oppression. Is it insulting that we wear these stars? Absolutely, and it hurts people to see this, but this is how we feel at the moment, we feel we are being prevented from observing the Torah in the manner in which we wish.”
Yep -- the protesters aren't Arabs or latte-sipping Berkeley radicals, but ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, angry about recent TV news coverage of incidents in which haredim threw rocks at handicapped Modern Orthodox children in Beit Shemesh who were using their wheelchairs on Shabbat.
The angry crowd was also protesting the jailing of Shmuel Weisfish, a member of the "Modesty Squad" who recently started a 2-year prison sentence for beating and threatening employees of a computer store for selling MP4 players which might expose customers to inappropriate content.
As always, Failed Messiah
is your (admittedly one-sided) source for bad behavior among the frum.
Disambiguation: I believe the ultra-Orthodox Shmuel Weisfish who just went to jail is not the same ultra-Orthodox Shmuel Weisfish who's accused of bribing officials in the Education Ministry to get more funding for his yeshiva
Netanyahu is considering at least one plan for soothing tensions in Beit Shemesh: split the city into two, one for the ultra-Orthodox and one for everyone else