Barak: Holocaust symbol use in haredi protest is 'shocking'

January 1, 2012 09:31

Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemned Sunday the use of Holocaust symbols in Saturday night's haredi [ultra-Orthodox] protest, calling it "shocking" and "appalling."

"The prisoner uniforms and 'Jude' badges are shocking and appalling. The use of yellow stars and little children waving their hands in surrender crosses a red line that the haredi leadership, which is largely responsible, must not accept," Barak said in a statement Sunday morning. "The haredi leaders must stop this forbidden phenomena and ensure that it doesn't continue."

Approximately 1,500 ultra-Orthodox men gathered at Shabbat Square in the capital’s Geula neighborhood on Saturday night to protest what they called the “oppression” and “incitement” of the “secular community” against them.

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