The person in charge of the Kiryat Yovel minhelet, the local community council, is working very hard to do everything possible to keep out addition chareidi families and to compel those in the community to back their bags and get out.
The situation for the many frum families in the Jerusalem neighborhood is not an easy one, actually it is quite difficult at times. On Tuesday morning 25 Shevat the director of the local community council, Yechiel Levy, was interviewed on Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) and he used the opportunity to explain his modus operandi. He explained that by making life miserable for the chareidim, they will want to leave the community. “This is the method that works today – choking them” he stated. He explained that deprivation of services will create a level of frustration until they leave the area.
He proudly explained that the Shabbos airing of movies hosted by the local council are held in chareidi areas to show them ‘who is the boss” despite the fact there is an understanding between the chareidi and secular families in that area.
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Yossi Deutsch then got on the air and accused Levy of anti-Semitism as he espoused his hate for an entire tzibur over the air. Deutsch explained that Levy’s position is funded by the Education Ministry and Jerusalem City Hall and a person such as Levy should not be permitted to remain in his public position, “not even for an hour”.
Deutsch added “If one spoke out like this against any other sector, Ethiopians or Arabs, taking about ‘choking them until they get out’, not providing them with services they are entitled to in the hope of ousting them – there would be a public outcry as there should be in this case. “Everyone would be demanding his dismissal. He should receive a letter [of dismissal] from the Minister of Education and the Mayor within the hour” Deutsch added.
Following the interview on Galei Tzahal, Health Minister Yaakov Litzman stated his words representing ‘crossing a red line’ and he poses a real danger to the welfare of the tzibur and Mayor Nir Barkat and Education Minister Naftali Bennett must act to dismiss him immediately as “the man is not suited for the job. His words are echoed by Mayor Nir Barkat and Shas leader Aryeh Deri.
President Reuven Rivlin has also spoken out harshly against Levy’s statements aired on Galei Tzahal.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)