Dozens of Peleg protesters on Monday evening entered the Payis Center in the Ramat Elchanan neighborhood of Bnei Brak after their protest in the city against the arrest and incarceration of talmid Nissan Raada by military police. Their mission was to disrupt a lecture being given by noted journalist Yisrael Katzover, the political/security correspondent for the Hamodia newspaper.
The talmidei yeshivos who listened attentively to the lecture tried to expel the intruders, and a real confrontation developed between the sides as they threw chairs and objects against each other. It was only after the intervention of the police and Yassam special forces that were summoned to the area, was Katzover returned to the hall in the building and permitted to continue his lecture. Those present described the event as a “despicable Chilul Hashem!”
According to the participants, “this is brazenness, to try to interfere with experiential activity for the residents of Bnei Brak, and children from talmidei torah and yeshivos who wished to hear from a military expert about iDF operations in the North and South, but the Peleg hoodlums had other plans.”
It is noted that the edition of HaPeles of the following morning, the Peleg-affiliated newspaper, it was written that the demonstrators protested against “the introduction of improper content through summer events in Bnei Brak.”
According to the newspaper, “this is a shameful attempt to cooperate with government officials who set themselves a goal to change the way of life of the chareidi tzibur and assimilate it in secular life and in bad culture.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)