A leftist mob in Tel Aviv violently attacked Rav Yigal Levinstein, the head of the pre-military mechinah in Eli, and Yisrael Zeira, the head of the Rosh Yehudi organization, on Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv.
The leftists were protesting against Zeira in the wake of the decision of the Tel Aviv municipality to ban mechitzos at the Yom Kippur tefillah led by Rosh Yehudi at Dizengoff Square every year. The frenzied mob attacked the two men as Rav Levinstein left a building where he delivered a shiur. The men had to be protected from the crowd, who tried hitting and kicking them, and verbally assaulted them, by police officers. Some of the protesters even tried hitting them with their flagpoles. Anyone who passed by the area who was wearing a yarmulke was attacked as well.
Aviad Nachshoni, who accompanied Rav Yigal Levinstein to the lecture, said: “Dozens of protesters tried to physically attack us with sticks and their hands. If the police officers wouldn’t have protected the Rav with their bodies, it would have ended very badly.”
Finance Chairman Betzalel Smotrich wrote: “Last night, we saw a scene that appeared as if it was taken from dark periods of Jewish history. A Rav and a religious citizen are brutally attacked by a violent mob due to their beliefs. Gantz and Lapid are silent. This will end in bloodshed and it will be on their hands.”
It should be noted that Lapid refused to condemn the incident when asked about it on Wednesday.
Likud MK Moshe Saada responded to the shocking footage by stating: “This is the punishment for those who dared to seek to hold a tefillah in the square of the ‘most liberal city in the world’ during the holiest day for Jews: a siege, verbal violence, an actual lynching attempt, and rescue by police forces.”
“I will explain again,” Sa’ada wrote, “a Jew who sought to organize Jewish tefillos in the first Hebrew city – was rescued by police from a lynching attempt. The radical and extremist elements are damaging Israel’s image, harming the lives of citizens, and dividing Israeli society. You should be ashamed!”
The chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution Committee Simcha Rothman wrote: “As expected, the bullies who pursue, harass, curse and threaten, claiming freedom of protest against elected officials, have now turned to attack religious Jews in the streets in a display of hatred for the other, all under the flags of democracy and equality. The support in the silence of law enforcement officials and members of the opposition is a disgrace.”
Right-wing activist Menny Asyag posted a photo of a sign the protesters held that read A
Jewish Democratic State. He wrote; “This is the entire truth of the protests and their ultimate goal. We’ll never allow them to win! Never!”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)