YWN-Israel has made a number of attempts to speak with a representative of the city’s Gur community, seeking to present ‘the other side’. While efforts to date have been unsuccessful, a man identifying himself only as “Yitzchak, a spokesman for Gur in Arad” did speak on Sunday morning with Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) host Razi Barkai. He refused to give a last name or any information that might lead to his identity.
A woman calling herself Sara also spoke, using the assumed name, telling the story reported from the Chabad perspective, as was released earlier by YWN-Israel. She explained she felt compelled to hide her true identity for fear of reprisal from Gerrer Chassidim.
Following is a synopsis of his remarks. Chabad is trying to take over. The shul was about to be closed up and Gerrer Chassidim were asked to come and strengthen shul. They even accepted the shul’s minhagim, and this was still during tenure of the late rav, Rav Lipsker z”l despite reports to the contrary.
The reports of violence and injuries by Gerrer Chassidim on this past shabbos are simply lies and fabrications. Chabad came in to create a provocation as has been their custom of late, to keep us out. Arad police, including the local commander, Yuval Paz, knows the real truth”.
Sara responded to Yitzchak’s statements “Hashem knows the truth and your baseless lies are simply that.”
Original YWN Story: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=46573
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)