More Haredi anti-military riots undermine Israel's efforts to keep the country safe
For a third night in a row, hundreds of extremist haredi men took to major roads, thoroughfares and highways around the country on Thursday afternoon, blocking traffic to protest the arrest of a yeshiva student by the Military Police for failing to appear at IDF draft offices to begin his service.It's almost laughable how they claim devotion to God and Torah, yet do everything they can to desecrate God's name, and the Torah's. And the gurus who've caused this should be jailed and prosecuted for inciting public disorder.
Protests took place beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, the Shilat junction near Modi’in, Elad, Kanut junction near Gedera, Beit Shemesh and other locales, during which 31 protesters were arrested by police for disturbing the peace.
In Jerusalem, hundreds of protesters blocked the Bar-Ilan and Shmuel Hanavi in intersection, a major traffic artery, causing significant traffic jams.
Police used a water cannon and mounted officers to disperse the protesters, but shortly after each attempt to clear the junction, the protesters would return and resume blocking traffic.
Police intermittently approached the crowds of protesters to drag one of the men away, and their actions were met with shouts of “Nazis” to men and “shiksas,” meaning non-Jews, to women.
At other times, protesters danced in the middle of the road, even while being blasted by the water cannons, and sang songs about their devotion to God and the Torah.
The protests are being organized and led by a group known as the Jerusalem Faction, a breakaway from the mainstream haredi (ultra-Orthodox) political grouping that has taken a more radical stance on the issue of military service.Again, the sources encouraging these riots and jams should be prosecuted. Especially after they assaulted a soldier during one of the protests:
According to researchers at the Israel Democracy Institute, the Jerusalem Faction constitutes approximately 10% of the Ashkenazi haredi community and 6.5% of the overall haredi community, including the Sephardi haredim.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Friday lashed out at Haredi protesters who attacked an IDF soldier during a demonstration in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, a day earlier.And the sad part is that a lot of these heads are too cowardly to bother, which only demonstrates why they're sliding into pure disaster so easily.
The incident took place during a series of protests by members of the ultra-Orthodox community over the arrest of a Haredi man who refused to appear at his draft office. Protesters clashed with police in a number of locations, resulting in security officials employing riot dispersal measures, including the use of water cannons.
Footage from the incident in Bnei Brak shows the protesters knocking the soldier to the ground, then kicking and hitting him, before he was retrieved by other members of the security forces.
The soldier said the attack led to him using tear gas to repel his assailants, Channel 10 reported Friday. The soldier is also a resident of Bnei Brak, the report said. Protesters claimed that the security forces used tear gas before the attack on the soldier.
Writing in Hebrew on Twitter, Erdran said he instructed police to “bring the lawbreakers to justice” and urged community leaders to speak out against the violence.
“The images depicting an IDF soldier being violently attacked by dozens of young ultra-Orthodox men are shocking,” Erdan wrote. “Bullying must be uprooted. I have instructed the police to do everything possible to bring the lawbreakers to justice. I expect the heads of the Haredi community to condemn and denounce such acts, which are not representative of the Haredi public and only do it harm.”
Update: the defense minister wants to defund inciting yeshivas:
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday he would take action against two ultra-Orthodox yeshivas after their students took part in riots protesting the military draft.They should do all this now, and not wait.
[...] In response to the protests, Liberman asked Israel Beytenu MK Oded Forer to “work with relevant government ministries to stop the funding” of the Ma’alot HaTorah yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Grudna yeshiva in Ashdod, which are both led by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, a staunch anti-draft advocate.
“This is in response to the riots and inciting protests that were held by Rabbi Auerbach’s students over the arrest of an IDF draft-dodging yeshiva student,” Liberman said.
The defense minister also ordered his ministry to reconsider the automatic draft deferral granted to students of those two yeshivas, his office said.