Haredi extremists in Mea Shearim repeat offense
Protestors blocked off the Kikar Hashabbat junction to traffic and set fire to trash cans and dumpsters but police did not attempt to enforce the flow of vehicles.So, does that mean anybody who's not Haredi isn't Jewish? And if they're not Zionist, then they should by all means leave the land. I wonder if they wouldn't mind sitting in isolated cells for their crimes and dining on some nice crappy gruel? Maybe they should be forced to do hard labor on a rockpile. Something tells me less would be enthusiastic about going to jail to work. Unfortunately, there's no telling if that would happen.
At least 11 demonstrators were arrested on charges of disturbing the peace during the rally the police said.
Several senior rabbis from the anti-Zionist Eda Haredit organization and other hardline haredi factions addressed the crowd which entirely filled up the junction, and inveighed against plans to draft haredim into the army as well as the arrest of the yeshiva students.
[...] One sign held aloft at Tuesday night’s demonstration read: “We will fill up the military & civilian prisons but we will never betray our faith and report [for service] at IDF enlistment offices.”
Another read: “We are Jews and not Zionists, so therefore we will not enlist to the Zionist army.”
Rabbi David Zicherman, a member of the hardline Jerusalem Faction which instructs its adherents not to present themselves to enlistment offices when called by the IDF, railed against the notion of haredi enlistment and labeled the IDF “an army of destruction.”
“We are not afraid of going to jail or of being arrested,” Zicherman declared.
“We are opposed to the secular regime that takes away [yeshiva] boys against their will,” he continued.
Update: a rabbi wrote the following to The Jerusalem Post:
I find it ironic that haredi extremists who advocate Torah study – the voice of Jacob – should be found in the streets throwing stones at Jews – the hands of Esau (“IDF arrest of yeshiva student prompts violent protest by extremist haredim in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim,” December 6).If there were haredis at the time, they were a lot different from the ones today. They didn't dress in black suits and streimel hats, and were far from insular. The Maccabees had much better ideas how to manage life.
It is even more ironic because this took place during Hanukka, when we celebrate the military prowess of Judah the Maccabee and his followers, who overcame the mighty Greeks. On that occasion, as we recall in the prayer Al Hanissim, God performed miracles to ensure their military victory.
I am positive that back then there were no haredim carrying banners, shouting slogans or throwing rocks at the Maccabees – or even preventing women from praying. The genuine haredim of those days were learning Torah and praying for the success of Judah.
Today, it appears that this well-tested approach is, to many at least, Greek.