In a statement released to Kikar Shabbat, President Shimon Peres commented on the current anti-chareidi atmosphere prevalent in the media in response to the wave of incidents involving modesty, mehadrin buses and related issues.
The president called for an immediate end to the generalizations, reminding the public that the overwhelming number of chareidim in Eretz Yisrael are not involved in the current mayhem, and they do not support such abhorrent actions. Mr. Peres added that the actions of this small minority does reflect poorly on the entire tzibur, adding he is certain the majority of the community is outraged no less than other residents of the country.
President Peres expressed words of support for the many chareidi leaders whom have come out publically to condemn the recent violence and he called for an end to the current unfavorable atmosphere that depicts the chareidi tzibur as being responsible or supportive of these unacceptable actions.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)