Natalie Moshiach, the 27-year-old woman who reported being “lynched” in Beit Shemesh by chareidim last month has launched a campaign to “stop the terror and coercion”.
The campaign got underway today, 12 Shevat 5772, with a vehicular convoy from Beit Shemesh to Jerusalem, to the Prime Minister’s Office, hoping to attract media attention with the message. Heading the convoy was be Mrs. Hadassah Margolese, whose 8-year-old daughter Na’ama gained national notoriety in December 2011 as she became a victim of zealots who disapproved of her dati leumi level of modesty, threatening her verbally, spitting on her and bringing the child to a point she feared the 300 meter walk from her home to the B’not Orot School in Beit Shemesh. Also at the head of the convoy was Ms. Moshiach, who after her ordeal last week met with the Jerusalem police chief and minister of public security, asking why the suspects in the attack against her were released on bail.
The initiative did not attract a significant number of participants, and the few vehicles headed out of Beit Shemesh after 10:00am Sunday morning, with the event labeled a “flop” by some of the media. Participants nevertheless drove to the Prime Minister’s Office and called on PM Netanyahu and the government to take action to bring an end to the current unacceptable situation.
Ra’anan Amsellem, an organizer of the event, told Kikar Shabbat “We are sending the message ‘Stop the terror. Stop the coercion. We are the voice of the many religious and non-religious men and women who simply have had enough of the violence. We are here to protest against it”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)