Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman condemned the violent attack against an avreich on Shabbos, a Gerrer chossid in Ashdod. The avreich was attacked by chilonim on Shabbos and hospitalized, listed in light condition on motzei Shabbos. The victim is a resident of the Rova Zayin neighborhood of the city, and he reports a group of non-frum males surrounded him and then beating him.
He managed to flee, running to the home of a nearby United Hatzalah member who treated him. The victim’s father then transported him to an area hospital.
Litzman blames the growing incitement campaign against chareidim, decrying the hate being spewed by the media, warning some public officials that their irresponsible statements are interpreted as a license by some to simply strike out against chareidim at will, calling upon police to treat these attacks as hate crimes and use the full weight of the law to bring the responsible persons to justice.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)