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Jewish Extremists Prompt Culture War In Israel


Activist extremists or/and religious extremists are nothing new. But it sure seems like today’s world has more then usual. 

JERUSALEM — If they hadn’t been stirred already by the female soldier who was called a “slut” on a public bus, or the 8-year-old girl spit on by neighbors on the way to school, the sight of Jewish protesters dressed up in concentration-camp garb seems to have pushed much of Israeli secular society over the edge.

It happened last weekend, during a demonstration against what protesters perceived to be an unholy government incursion into their way of life: several hundred ultra-Orthodox Jews staged a rally in Jerusalem, dressed as concentration camp victims.

The protesters, part of an ultra-religious group known as Haredim, were dismayed that the government had taken down signs in their communities demanding that women walk on the opposite side of the street. Later, two ultra-Orthodox men were arrested for releasing fliers comparing the government’s treatment of Haredim to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. “We made it through Hitler, and we will make it through his successor,” one of the fliers read.

Israel’s top politicians expressed dismay.

Elie Wiesel, the Israeli Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, called the whole thing a “vile sight.” The protests were just the latest in a string of provocative incidents involving the Haredim, which have rattled Israel’s secular mainstream.

Shortly before Christmas, Israel’s top news channel aired a documentary about the eight-year-old, Naama Margolese, which described her terror at being cursed and spit on during her walk to school. The incident — which supposedly occurred because Margolese was dressed too immodestly — occurred in the ultra-Orthodox town of Beit Shemesh. A few days later, a female soldier — who some have labelled the “Israeli Rosa Parks” — tangled with a Haredi who insisted that she move to the back of the bus so that men wouldn’t have to sit next to women; he ended up calling her a “slut.”

The rise of ultra-Orthodox aggression is not new; Jerusalemites have long known not to walk through certain religious neighborhoods, like Meah Shearim, without being properly dressed, or while talking on the phone during the Sabbath, for fear of being spit on or having a dirty diaper land on their head. But the rash of incidents in the past few months, and the expansion of the confrontations outside of the Haredim’s isolated communities, has forced Israeli society to confront a growing challenge — and a demographic reality.

As it is, the Haredim compose only a small fraction of the national population — around 10 percent, experts say. But their birthrates are much higher than the general population, and by mid-century, according to some estimates, Haredim could make up between a quarter and 40 percent of Israeli society.

Continued here: In Israel, Spate Of Ultra-Orthodox Incidents Rattle The Secular Mainstream 

5 comments on “Jewish Extremists Prompt Culture War In Israel

  1. Culture war. Oh yea, I remember Christ calling us to that!

  2. I am not sure we can expect anything less from these Orthodox Jews? Can we?

    Consider that they are very very religious and by their living are doing their best to live for God according to the Law of Righteousness. Their practice adheres to what is perceived to be “as it has always been” for the special people of God.

    The contrast is stark to say the least.

    I suppose what is going to get their attention is some Spirit filled, born again Christian Arabs or Palestinians or Syrians or Egyptians laying down their lives to see these people saved from themselves as they go about proclaiming and lifting up Christ as the One True Messiah even among their own countrymen who reject Biblical Christianity in favor of Islam?

    After all, salvation is of the Jews, but, we do have and can completely rely upon these sorts of verses to guide us out of darkness any culture wars that lurk in our souls bring us into and lead us into the Light of the Glory of God’s Gospel in the face of Jesus Christ:

    Rom 11:5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
    Rom 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
    Rom 11:7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
    Rom 11:8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”
    Rom 11:9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
    Rom 11:10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”
    Rom 11:11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.
    Rom 11:12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
    Rom 11:13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry
    Rom 11:14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
    Rom 11:15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
    Rom 11:16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
    Rom 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,
    Rom 11:18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.
    Rom 11:19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
    Rom 11:20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.
    Rom 11:21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
    Rom 11:22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
    Rom 11:23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.

    Job 36:5 “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.
    Job 36:6 He does not keep the wicked alive, but gives the afflicted their right.
    Job 36:7 He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
    Job 36:8 And if they are bound in chains and caught in the cords of affliction,
    Job 36:9 then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
    Job 36:10 He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from iniquity.
    Job 36:11 If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness.
    Job 36:12 But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

    • I am not sure we can expect anything less from these Orthodox Jews? Can we?

      Consider that they are very very religious and by their living are doing their best to live for God according to the Law of Righteousness. Their practice adheres to what is perceived to be “as it has always been” for the special people of God.

      Its a pity that all their extreme orthodoxy will not save them and nullifies their claim of being “the special people of God”😦

      May they come to know Christ Jesus as the Messiah…for it is their only hope.

  3. Interesting, except you don’t live here (Israel) and don’t know that religious and secular people here get along – by and large – as they do in most Western countries. In fact, in the past eight years I have been fortunate enough to live here I have seen more random acts of kindness than I have seen anywhere else I have travelled.

    Which is not to deny that these incidents haven’t taken place, and Michael, the 2nd paragraph in your comment is correct, but then there are extremists in every religion.

    They say that the Master of the Universe rules with both justice and mercy; and perhaps these people need to emulate more of the latter. We will work it out.

    That said, many of us believe the media here is manipulating events to force the current government out of power so… ah well, you only see what you want to see, hey?

    • That said, many of us believe the media here is manipulating events to force the current government out of power so… ah well, you only see what you want to see, hey?

      Russel, if you’d followed the link at the end of the post you would have seen it was taken directly from Israeli news sources.

      The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

      It appears to be a genuine (growing) problem, according to Israeli news sources. (also see at Harretz, Watch: Beit Shemesh women flash mob to protest ultra-Orthodox exclusion)

      My point, as i stated, was that extremism is growing. And that it is not confined to only the United States.

      Activist extremists or/and religious extremists are nothing new. But it sure seems like today’s world has more then usual.

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