Extremists have threatened to launch a shaming campaign against chareidim serving in the IDF and it appears uploading their photos to the internet may be the beginning of this effort. According to a Kikar Shabbos News report, this is part of an effort by organizations opposed to chareidim serving in the military, stepping up the campaign against the so-called ‘chardakim’.
According to the report, at present, photos of hundreds of soldiers were uploaded with a request for the tzibur to add photos to the database via Google Drive by simply photographing them in the community and on the streets. They promise to upload the photo of all chareidim serving, explaining it will take time but they will eventually shame them all.
There are already fears that this may lead extremists to use the identities of these individuals to harm them physically chas v’sholom. Kikar adds that the relevant officials in Israel Police are already working to have Google take down the database and to reveal the identities of those responsible.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)