In his latest assault against Torah Jewry, Haaretz columnist Nechemia Shtrasler on Monday 2 Adar 5773 published his latest piece, “The Nasty Ways of the White Tribe” in which he rips into the chareidi tzibur in Eretz Yisrael.
“The latest derogatory term is ‘white tribe,’ which refers to an amorphous group comprising Jews of Ashkenazi origin who live in north Tel Aviv, who deeply despise the chareidim, in a primal, racist way, despite the innocence of ultra-Orthodox Jews. After all, the chareidim are good, moderate, tolerant and loving people, whose only desire is to live quietly near secular Jews without imposing anything on them. It’s the “white tribe” that comes and causes an unnecessary commotion, trying to exclude and humiliate the chareidim just because they are black.”
Shtrasler continues, lashing out at piskei Halacha from Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, and how a secular university student must pay 10,000 NIS annually while a married kollel students receives 6,000 NIS monthly.
Two chareidi MKs responded; Yahadut Hatorah’s Yisrael Eichler and Shas’ Nissim Ze’ev. Eichler led off saying “They take 60 billion NIS for the education system, of which the chareidim only receive 5 billion NIS despite making up a third of the students nationwide. The amount avreichim get – they are among the poorest sector in Israel. This is simply premeditated incitement.” He continues, pointing out how “billions are allocated for the poor” but somehow, the chareidi tzibur is forgotten.
“We must remember the state budget is 400 billion NIS which also includes taxes paid by chareidim. Despite this, our tzibur barely sees a few billion NIS in assistance for its mosdos.”
Shtrasler speaks in a lofty tone regarding housing perks while in reality; the facts tell a different story. The state has placed many stumbling blocks before chareidim wishing to establish a family. Young couple are compelled to live in storage rooms, attics, and wherever. You steal and you lie!”
“At the very least don’t say he is one of us, the same people — for the inciters as we knew in the past when they targeted the Jews in his fashion, but I prefer not to mention how and why. These words arouse anti-Semitism.”
MK Nissim Ze’ev had his say too, stating “To isolate and exclude the chareidi public and delegitimize them stems from fear of the natural growth of this tzibur.”
“First of all, regarding the workplace, the State of Israel is full of working chareidim in all levels and professions, paying tax in accordance to the law. They have rights too as do other citizens, at the very least no less than the Arab minority. It is interesting this very same inciter does not see the real danger facing the State of Israel. The demographic dangers of the culture of the enemies of Israel, growing terrorism, but opts to address other issues.”
“Throughout Jewish history before every pogrom there were words of slander and hatred against the Jews. The wolf increases his tone. I am not surprised that global anti-Semitism is increasing as it increases within us. We can provide a good service to the anti-Semitic leaders around the world. It would be sufficient to forward them the words of this very same commentator. The goyim will know how to put them to good use.”
Shtrasler responded directly to Ze’ev, “Take a good look between your eyes and check very well just who contributes more to Am Yisrael, the State of Israel and Jewish identity.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)