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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

US Orthodox groups condemn Haredi extremist attacks on IDF soldiers

Some Orthodox movements in the US have spoken out against the ultra-Orthodox who've been assaulting IDF officials in their hostility to the state:
Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States have condemned attacks by ultra-Orthodox extremists against religious Jews in Israel who join the country’s security forces.

Amid a recent rise in attacks on IDF soldiers and police officers, the leaders of the Orthodox Union, Rabbinical Council of America and National Council of Young Israel issued official statements condemning the violence.

The statements were issued at the request of New York Orthodox activist David Nyer, he said in a news release sent to JTA.

Moishe Bane, president of the Orthodox Union, said in a statement that “violence by one Jew against another, whether physical or otherwise, is an assault on the Torah values that have been passed down through our [tradition], from generation to generation. Any such attack by Jews against soldiers of the IDF, to whom every Jew owes immeasurable respect and gratitude, is an attack against each and every member of the Jewish community, and provokes shame and regret in us all.”
Maybe the most surprising part of all is that rabbi Avi Shafran, who previously downplayed the seriousness of the issues at hand, has suddenly spoken out:
Rabbi Avi Shafran, spokesman for Agudath Israel of America, told Nyer that “such unwarranted violence and abuse against any fellow Jew is beyond outrageous. Assault of Jewish brethren, especially those who have dedicated themselves to the protection of [Israel] such as IDF soldiers and Israeli police, is indefensible, ugly and wrong.”

Shafran added that bystanders are obligated to intervene to help the person under attack.
Well that's getting somewhere for a change! Now maybe he'll also apologize for any pro-Islam and misogynist positions he may have taken? Let's be clear: when a Haredi extremist commits a crime, it only serves as a discredit to their lifestyle and educational upbringing. So if he really believes in what he goes by, he'll have to start admitting it was wrong to take standings that can hurt Israel badly. Otherwise, he's accomplished little or nothing.

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