Following the assault against a chareidi soldier in Meah Shearim on Tuesday evening the eve of 3 Menachem Av 5773, politicians and rabbonim have released condemnatory messages. The soldier, who was attacked by tens of chareidi youths, fled and found refuge in the home of a local resident. Police were summoned and Yassam commando police had to work to extricate him while they were under attack with rocks, bottles, chairs and dirty diapers from the fanatics whose actions besmirch the entire community.
Rabbonim who have been working with and directing Nachal Chareidi over the years strongly condemned the actions of “a few fanatics who make a great deal of noise,” stressing these zealots are not representative of the majority of the frum community in Eretz Yisrael. They called the attack an “un-Jewish and blasphemous act”, which they stated “brings a tremendous chilul Hashem”. They add that the timing, during the Nine Days when we remember the loss of the Beis HaMikdash due to sinas chinam cannot be overlooked.
In the political arena, condemnation and calls for “stern action against those responsible” were heard from many, including Finance Minister Yair Lapid, MK Aryeh Deri, Minister Yaakov Peri, Minister Naftali Bennett, and MK Elazar Stern to name a few.
According to reporter Avishai Ben-Chaim, the soldier was verbally attacked with insulting and hateful words but he was not physically attacked, quoting police investigators on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning, 3 Menachem Av.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)