In response to the Plesner recommendations for a chareidi draft, Rabbi Shmuel Baruch Ganot is threatening a chareidi economic boycott of chiloni goods, which he feels would not take too long until a collapse of the food industry is seen. Rav Ganot is confident that if such a boycott is launched, within two months time many food companies in Israel would collapse.
The Rav’s words: The time has come to stop apologizing and justifying and talking about Yad Sarah, Ezra L’Marpeh, Rav Elimelech Fuehrer, or about working chareidim. The time has come to sternly look the truth in the eye and proclaim “The true army is our gemara. We are protecting you and not vice versa.
We should have enlisted the best of our composers to create a song of protest – a catchy tune, clear and simple to drive the message home, the words from Meseches Makos 10:b — ‘עומדות היו רגלינו בשעריך ירושלים’, מי גרם לרגלינו שיעמדו במלחמה? שערי ירושלים. שהיו עוסקים בתורה
After playing these immortal words recited by Rav Yehoshua ben Levi, we then explain to everyone what בשביל שערי ירושלים means according to Rashi. We were saved at the gates of Jerusalem. There were no soldiers from Sayeret Matkal, Duvdevan, or even the Israel Air Force. There stood lovely boys in their twenties, avreichim in their thirties, forties, fifties and sixties and they learned torah.
After the economic sanctions begin we should respond with our own sanctions. It would suffice if all the chareidim withdrew their money from an organization, bank, checking account, a retirement fund, savings — and then watch the banks collapse.
It would be sufficient if all of the chareidi tzibur stopped buying chiloni goods in Israel. For two months just buy imports. That would surprise the food companies that would begin to collapse.
It would be sufficient to boycott public transportation regarding the thousands of lines. Let’s see how they do with a single passenger for each run. Egged would run into a major deficit rather quickly.
It would be sufficient if we all decide together, collectively, that during the two months summer vacation this year, no chareidim would book a spot in any resort operated by chilonim, no pools, no attractions and let’s see how well the Israeli economy will do.
Before you try imposing sanctions on us and grab our tax funds just because we protect and watch over you, it would be worth your while to understand that this time the protest will not just be in Meah Shearim but we will impose our sanctions on you – sanctions the like of which you have never seen because you bother us and our learning and our watching over you.
Perhaps we simply will stop buying chiloni Israeli goods and stop using the banks and perhaps we may just wipe out local tourism.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)