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Friday, February 06, 2015 

Vulgar anti-IDF cartoon inciting against Haredi recruits reappears

Haredi extremist Shmuel Auerbach's minions are furthering their anti-army campaign with the use of the cartoon that makes a soldier look like a pig:
As part of the campaign against IDF enlistment led by followers of extremist hareidi leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, residents of the Shlomo neighborhood in the northern coastal city of Hadera on Wednesday morning were shocked to find leaflets inciting against religious soldiers in their mailboxes.

The picture dehumanized haredi IDF soldiers, portraying them as non-kosher pigs in uniform with a black kippah and peot (traditional sidelocks) as well as a copy of the Babylonian Talmud in hand, and in doing so mocked the attempt to combine religious studies with the obligation to defend the Jewish state.

[...] The neighborhood was enraged by the inciting fliers, and suspicions arose that they were the work of an adjacent haredi yeshiva; however, the yeshiva's dean denied any connection to the campaign and went on to condemn it.

"I happened to see this illogical poster," he said.

"Our yeshiva students have no connection to it, nor to the protest that was held in Hadera over enlistment," he added, but blamed attempts by the government to end the IDF exemption for haredi yeshiva students for the incitement.

"In any case I'm sorry that Yair Lapid succeeded in bringing such an escalation between secular Jews and haredim. If there was communication and respect up till now, at present there is escalation and extremism."
In fairness, yes, it could be argued that Lapid did contribute to the divisive atmosphere the way he went about all this, demanding that draft dodgers all be arrested but not have welfare revoked. Nevertheless, Auerbach's followers still have to shoulder blame for their offensive attitude, and any who attacked Haredi soldiers should be arrested. Auerbach himself should be prosecuted for what he's been leading to.

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