Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox: Piety vs. patriotism

By BY GIDON BEN-ZVI
May 11, 2014 18:12

Haredi leaders have long insisted that their young men serve the nation through prayer and study, thus preserving the Jewish heritage that has kept the faith through centuries of persecution.

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Neturei Karta burn Israeli flag on Independence Day

Neturei Karta burn Israeli flag on Independence Day. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 As Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day earlier this week, dozens of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) youth exploited their democratic right to freely assemble by ripping down and destroying Israeli flags, blocking roads, and protesting against the Jewish state.

Such outbursts have developed into a sad phenomenon, with demonstrations against Jewish sovereignty becoming more frequent and more heated as the Israeli government has taken steps to enlist the country’s able-bodied haredi men into the Israel Defense Forces.


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