Stern bashed at family simcha

Elazar locals fling epithets, spit on OC Human Resources for disengagement.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 12, 2007 14:53
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elazar stern lookspained. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

IDF OC Human Resources Department Maj.-Gen. Elazar Stern received a harsh welcome on Saturday when he attended his daughter's sheva brachot celebration at the Elazar settlement, with locals hurling epithets and spittle at him, it was reported on Sunday. During morning prayers at the local synagogue, one of the members of the congregation stood up and wished the families mazal tov - and then proceeded to bless the IDF soldiers who refused to follow orders to evict settlers from Hebron's marketplace last week. Stern, who was involved in the 2005 disengagement from Gaza and has recently been working against draft-dodgers, began to feel uncomfortable, one of the worshipers said. When Stern exited the synagogue after the prayer service, a number of residents approached and began shouting at him, calling him "traitor" and "trash" and accusing him of destroying hesder yeshivot. Some of the residents spat on him. One woman shouted, "It's because of you that there are widows and orphans!" Stern has been attacked several times, both verbally and physically, for his involvement in the disengagement and his moves to reform hesder yeshiva units in the army.


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