A Frum man who has been trying to stem a recent tide of Chareidi fighting/violence in the city, was attacked and viciously beaten Sunday night in Beit Shemesh by a gang of ‘so-called’ “Chareidim”.
The man was hospitalized from his injuries, and had his car windows smashed.
The man told Haaretz: “A bunch of goons, maybe 20 or 30 guys, attacked me – it was like a pogrom,” he told Haaretz. “They kicked me, beat me, and then just left me there.
Luckily, I am a strong guy and was able to get up and go to the hospital.”
In response, Chareidi residents of Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, held a protest Monday night. This was the first time that the Chareidi residents came out strongly against fringe elements from their community.
“My attackers thought they won, but there is a procession in my support,” the man – who was born in New York – told Haaretz. In recent months, Beit Shemesh residents have banded against what they call growing religious intimidation and coercion by some Charedi residents of the city.
In October, five men assaulted a woman and an IDF soldier for sitting next to each other on a bus bound for Beit Shemesh (reported HERE on YWN)
The man who has since been released from the hospital, helped organize a recent protest against the violence. Sources say the attack on Sunday was a culmination of ongoing harassment.
The deputy mayor of Beit Shemesh, told Haaretz that the incident marks new heights for Charedi violence in the city.
“It’s sad that they are trying to terrorize the city,” he said. “Unfortunately, though, the Charedi violence isn’t news anymore. The fact that there is a demonstration, however, that the silent majority is standing up and fighting back, is a major achievement. People are realizing that the time for action is now.”
As Life In Israel put it: “He is a Chareidi fellow who lives in the neighborhood of the hooligans and has had enough. He has on many occasions fought back against them.
The terrorists could not take that someone is finally fighting them on their own turf. He must have been making a dent in their activities, because they made it personal.”
His name is Tuvia Stern. His email address is [email protected]. Do a Mitzvah. Send him words of Chizuk!