Derfner is way off base
However, as this report shows, the possibilities of agents provocoteurs being the ones responsible for such stupidity is more likely. Unfortunately, Derfner would rather take the easy route than the hard one in seeking out answers to these kind of things.
And to think, that he could have such contempt for a religious movement that's contributed only so much to Jewish society over the years, and most certainly doesn't advocate violence, contrary to what he argues.
In any case, why would he specifically target Chabad, of all things? All he's doing is making himself look like he's going after easy targets even in the religious communities, that's all. Are stereotypes easy, even for him?
Update: this disrespectful editorial from same paper attacks what they call "fanatics" whom they criticize for wanting to demonstrate their right as Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, which, let us be perfectly clear here, is Jewish by origin and national claim.
If anything, allowing radical ultra-nationalists to turn the issue into a cause celebre does little to bring closer the day when those Jews who so wish will be able to pray freely and naturally on the Mount, just as Muslims now do.Very funny. Do they honestly think they're going to make it any better by trying to deligitimize the right of the Jewish community to pray at one of its most ancient holy sites?
It's also in very bad form to use the term "ultra-nationalist" the way they do, considering that it's almost akin to calling them "jingoists". And it goes without saying that, while they may not have actually referred to anyone there as Hasidic, they're more or less insulting them by deligitimizing their own right to place of prayer as well. Which seems to be a very common desire among many of these media establishment suckups these days too, unfortunately.