In response to the reports
of harassment of Haredi soldiers in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet and decision Haredi members will be allowed to go sans uniform there, there'll be a march to protest the mistreatment
In response to the announcement, city councilman Moshe Shitrit (Likud) announced that he would organize a march of uniformed reservists through Beit Shemesh’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods sometime in the coming days.
Shitrit said that the purpose of the march would be to “support our friends who joined the army in that community” and to push back against those who “oppose soldiers [and] can’t deal with Jewish military uniforms.”
“We will march in our uniforms, and if someone finds that offensive, he can pack his belongings and find another country,” he said.
Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman, a resident of the city, may march as well. He told The Jerusalem Post that he may wear his uniform as a civilian volunteer with the Border Police. “I don’t have the specifics, but any taunting of soldiers in uniform cannot be tolerated,” he said. “We are called ‘Jews’ because [the matriarch] Leah gave thanks when she named her son ‘Yehuda’ [Judah], and these extremists not showing basic gratitude to the soldiers who defend them demonstrates that they have lost this most basic element of Judaism. I believe the march is a proper response to demonstrate the pride of those who serve in the Israeli army and to specifically strengthen and support haredi soldiers.”
Beit Shemesh has been quiet lately, with none of the headline- grabbing attacks against women or soldiers that have occurred recent years, but many soldiers from the haredi community still complain of lowgrade harassment by extremists.
There are “a lot of curses and spitting and things like that,” Shitrit said. [...]
During 2013, many soldiers complained of harassment, and there were multiple reported cases of enlistees facing physical and verbal violence, including an incident in which a haredi soldier was pulled out of his car and beaten. In another case, several dozen young men set upon a pair of uniformed soldiers walking through Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood.
Agmon also complained of posters denouncing ultra-Orthodox soldiers as enemies of Torah. The posters refer to Torah-observant servicemen as “hardakim” – a derogatory Hebrew acronym meaning “weak-minded haredi,” as well as an amalgam of the words “haredi” and “harakim,” or insects.
Such posters still appear in neighborhoods such as Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, with soldiers pictured as emerging from dumpsters to contaminate young ultra-Orthodox boys. These posters also portray secular Jews as the biblical nation of Amalek, the arch-enemy of the Israelites, and as Nazi collaborators.
Now that is absolutely sick. The use of Amalek as a slur against fellow Jews has sunk to horrific extremes. Why do I get the feeling they don't consider Islamofascists equivalents to Amalekites? These monsters in Haredi society should be exiled from the country, and go someplace like Indonesia if that's how they want to live.
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