Haredi barbecue on Holocaust day sparks uproar

April 8, 2013 18:30

A group of haredim who marked Holocaust Remembrance Day by having a barbecue party in Jerusalem’s Gan Sacher aroused anger and opposition from several quarters on Monday.

According to Yediot Ahronot, approximately 200 haredi youths held a barbecue on Sunday night at the same as the Yad Vashem memorial service was taking place, though Yotam Barzani, a news editor for Israel Radio disputed the figures. On his Facebook page he stated that he arrived at the park at 11:05 p.m. and found only 35 people making barbecues.

Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger condemned the incident and said he protested in the strongest terms people who separated themselves from the community, calling the event a desecration of God’s name.

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