It appears that elements of the chareidi tzibur are becoming more extreme, acting as they wish without regard for halacha.
As efforts continue in the coalition government to pass a new draft law before the end of the Knesset summer session, the extremist elements in the chareidi community permit themselves to speak out and strike out against chareidi elected officials if and when they do not agree.
The latest victims were MKs Uri Maklev and Moshe Gafne, both attacked in chareidi neighborhoods. BeChadrei Chareidim reports that Gafne was attacked on Friday night as he returned home from shul by a group of about 15 persons. Among the shouts heard were “Gafne, you’re selling out bachurei Yisrael”, “Gafne traitor” and “Gafne Murderer”.
The report adds that MK Uri Maklev was also targeted on Friday, in the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem, as he was shopping for Shabbos. A 30-year-old Peleg-affiliated male attacked Gafne while shouting, “Traitor, uprooting Yisrael”.
The identity of Maklev’s attacker is known and authorities are proceeding with the investigation.
BeChadrei adds that in the height of audacity, shouts were also directed at HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita in his capacity as directing Degel Hatorah MKs how to proceed.
Of late, Deputy Mayor Meir Porush was attacked by zealots as well, also accused of betraying the chareidi cause.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)