Reporter's Notebook: Haredim protest speech, wearing yellow stars

Right-wing audience at Bar-Ilan applauds Palestinian state.

June 15, 2009 00:22


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A small group of haredi protesters wearing yellow stars demonstrated outside Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at Bar-Ilan University on Sunday night. The protesters, who included small children, hoisted signs of US President Barack Obama in a keffiyeh. The slogans on the signs emphasized the president's middle name, Hussein, and warned of the dangers of a Palestinian state. National Union MKs also protested, calling for Netanyahu to remember that he was elected by Israelis and not appointed by Obama. There were also left-wing demonstrators from Peace Now and American left-wing groups. Netanyahu received applause 15 times from the right-wing audience at Bar-Ilan University on Sunday night, including when he called for the formation of a Palestinian state. The crowd included a mix of many crocheted-kippa wearers and ambassadors from around the world. There were also reporters there broadcasting to international audiences. Netanyahu initially invited the entire Likud faction and all the government ministers to attend the speech, but due to the limited space in the room, he told the MKs that they did not have to come. The speech was attended by ministers Yaakov Neeman and Michael Eitan, deputy ministers Gila Gamliel and Ayoub Kara, Likud MK Danny Danon and Labor faction chairman Daniel Ben-Simon.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town