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Saturday, October 31, 2015 

A selfish advertisement

The Haredi Mishpacha magazine ran an advertisement where they ask jihadists not to target Haredis, but showed no worries about anybody else:
An ultra-Orthodox magazine sparked controversy Thursday by running an ad in Arabic pleading with would-be terrorists to spare haredi Jews' lives as they refrain from visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount, revered by Muslims as the location of Al-Aqsa mosque, has been the focus of the recent wave of terrorism, as the Palestinians claim that Israel is trying to change the status quo on the volatile holy site, which bars Jewish prayer on the premises. Israel adamantly denies the allegations and maintains that it is committed to preserving the status quo.

"We, the haredi public, have no interest in visiting the Temple Mount at this time. Moreover, we adamantly oppose it, and Jewish religious law bars it altogether. The haredi public has nothing to do with it, so please, stop killing us," said the ad, published in Mishpacha magazine, the most widely distributed magazine in the Orthodox Jewish world.

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) tweeted a cynical pseudo response from a "Hamas spokesman" saying, "The resistance acknowledges your request not to kill haredim. Please give us the addresses of secular and national-religious Jews, so we can kill them instead."

The ad also evoked criticism on other social media platforms, prompting the magazine to clarify that the ad was a gimmick.

"The Islamic Movement is trying to paint its struggle in religious colors and has called for violence against people with religious appearances, making kippah-wearing individuals the symbol of the current jihad," the magazine said in a statement. "This religious war is driven by wild incitement based on nothing but an imaginary rumor. The majority of religious Jews do not visit the Temple Mount, for halachic reasons."
Such a naive assumption. They fail to recognize that non-Haredi Jews who wear kippas and Stars of David or Menorahs are also targets, as are Jews who don't wear any of the above. Again, we have a case where the "leadership" only cares about itself. Not only that, they don't even care about ancient history.

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