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Saturday, January 21, 2017 

Haredi extremist gurus who approve of violence should be prosecuted

The deputy defense minister's voiced his dismay at Haredi "leaders" who've given approval to violence against soldiers and recruiters:
Deputy Defense Minister Eli ben Dahan appeared this morning (Thursday) before a Foreign Affairs and Security subcommittee headed by MK Amir Ohana regarding dealing with incitement against haredi soldiers. [...]

The Deputy Minister further condemned the tacit approval of violence that haredi leaders grant to incitement: "I tell you as a rabbi in Israel - there is no sanction in the world for such deeds. Whoever says he is acting on behalf of the Torah, is acting against it. It does not sanctify G-d's Name, it is a desecration of G-d's Name. All the statements of the rabbis - the biggest ones you can find - that they use to define this as a sanctification - it is a desecration of G-d. There is no clause in the Code of Jewish Law, no sub-section and no rabbinic authority that would rule to allow harming the property of another person, to humiliate people, or to cause one to blanch from public embarrassment. Better that a person throw himself into a fiery furnace than to humiliate another in public.

"As someone to whom Torah in Israel is very dear, I am surprised and disappointed in the way Haredi leaders, rabbis and community leaders lend their silence and encourage these phenomena," he added.
Yes, even those who seemingly condemn the offenses otherwise keep quiet and refuse to talk about them openly and publicly. They don't run any public lectures for their communities, and if they do talk about the issue, it's few and far between. That's not enough, and only sends a message they're not truly against the problem.

Needless to say, any community leaders who do approve of violence against soldiers should be arrested and prosecuted, to say nothing of fined for their encouragement.

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