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MKs From Degel Hatorah Attacked In The Street By Hoodlums

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)

4 Responses

  1. Maybe these hoodlums are descendants of the “biryonim”, the ones that attacked the “Tanaim”.
    Are these hoodlums related to those Jewish people in England that burnt the Israeli flag?
    Maybe these are the same guys who went to Iran and posed for a picture with the government officials.

  2. The word attack used on its own usually indicates a physical attack. A verbal attack is usually states as such. There is a significant difference between the two. There is a saying in American politics that when the swearing in ceremony ends, the swearing at ceremonies begin.

    I realize that due to Israel’s history of beginning as a communist state, its political traditions resemble those of the old USSR more than those of Western Europe or North America but there is nothing wrong with criticizing an elected official in public. Nor should those who do so be called names such as extremist. A person can not participate and follow the rules of a Goyish system and then complain that they are not being treated according to Halachah. The open, sever and sometimes obnoxious criticism of public officials is part of the system of representative Democracy. It is not the system of the Torah but it is the system that the Hareidi parties have all agreed to accept. This is what comes with it.

  3. These are violent brainless idiots who have no respect for the Torah and since they dress so frum feel that they can do anything and it is ok. Well they are idiot thugs, like the schvartz in the NY who havent a brain to sit and learn!

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