Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei HaTorah did not come out condemning the Emanuel affair, but rather the Rabbonim Shlita maintained a passive position, condemning the petition to the secular judicial system as well as discrimination in Ashkenazi schools.
According to a poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot, conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach and her Dahaf Institute, Shas voters are not pleased with the party’s position in the controversial case. 47% of the respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the party’s position as compared to 41% approving.
52% of Shas voters support the court’s decision to send the Emanuel parents to prison, while 46% believe the court’s decision was inappropriate. 43% of Shas supporters believe the Ashkenazi chareidim are responsible for the entire situation.
Some of the more well-known Shas activists are not taking matters sitting down, speaking openly about breaking away and launching a new party in response to Shas’ inaction throughout the Emanuel ordeal.
Some of the disenchanted party activists point out that Shas was established to defend and advance the Sephardi agenda, adding they believe the reason the Shas princes preferred to remain silent is because many of their children are being educated in Ashkenazi mosdos.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)