The Ethiopian-born MK Shimon Solomon from Yesh Atid was yelled at by some Haredi nutcases
who hate his party's policies, and at least one of them used racist bile:
A group of ultra-Orthodox men yelled racist slurs and otherwise verbally assaulted Yesh Atid MK Shimon Solomon, claiming his party’s policies deliberately targeted ultra-Orthodox Israelis.
Solomon, who emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel some 33 years ago, claimed he would have been subjected to physical violence had he not decided to leave the scene rather than engage with the demonstrators.
“On my way home from the Knesset, a number of ultra-Orthodox civilians identified me, and immediately began cursing and provoking me,” Solomon wrote in a Facebook post.
“I tried to explain politely that they have a different, misguided opinion, and that we do not act against the ultra-Orthodox,” he said. “But they were motivated by hatred; they did not try to listen. I left because I saw no point in going on; it was like talking to a wall. If I had stayed, I have no doubt that they would have directed physical violence towards me.”
I fear there's every chance that could have happened. In which case, he should call the cops.
The Yesh Atid party member went on to state that he had been particularly disturbed by the comments made by one man, who made racist comments and called on him to “go back to Africa.”
“In all the commotion, one ultra-Orthodox man, an observant Jew, was noticeably upset, violent and very aggressive,” Solomon said.
The man, he said, called him a “slave” and a “kushi,” a racist Hebrew slur for black people.
“As a member of a religious observant community, I tried to understand — from what book, chapter or verse did they draw this hatred and violence?” Solomon continued.
I'm not sure upset is the best way to describe what a crackpot the man he speaks of is. I think "hateful and vindictive" would tell what happened better. A pure horror this is. Those Haredis who committed that reprehensible act need to see a psychiatrist.
Labels: haredi corruption, Israel, Knesset, racism