Persons in Meah Shearim used Lag B’Omer to burn a Charedi IDF soldier in effigy, as was done in past years too.
One of the public officials responding was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who commented at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, 18 Iyar.
“Last night, there was a reprehensible incident in Jerusalem. An extremist and truly marginal faction of ultra-orthodox society, a faction identified with Neturei Karta, burned effigies of IDF soldiers in uniform along with Israeli flags, in order to offend chareidi soldiers. This was deplorable. IDF soldiers guard everyone, including the chareidim, including these people. I expect, request and demand that all public leaders condemn this despicable act and I also request that the police find those responsible.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)