Chareidi askanim are pointing a finger of blame for increased anti-chareidi activities in the capital on Mayor Nir Barkat.
The allegations come following a shabbos protest held by secularists, who gathered in Kikar Tzion to decry what they are calling increased “religious coercion” in the capital, blaming the chareidi community.
Rabbi Yosef Rosenfeld of the Vaad L’maan Shabbos told reporters that he blames the mayor, stating the incitement comes directly from City Hall. He explained it began last week with the Eida Chareidis protest outside Intel, when they say Hashem’s name written in paint on the street in the area.
Rabbi Rosenfeld feels the chilonim feel that they are supported by the mayor, explaining the chareidi protests are focused against chilul Shabbos and not against the general non-shomer shabbos community while the secularist protest on shabbos was directed against the entire chareidi community.
It appears that the chareidi leaders are not willing to accept this and a major pro-shabbos rally is planned in Yerushalayim in the coming days.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)