Haredi man near a bus 311.
(photo credit: (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))
Ultra-Orthodox organization Eda Haredit (Badatz) slammed government
intervention seeking to prevent gender segregation in the public sphere,
in a flyer posted online on Monday.
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According to the flyer, the
government "recently burdened the world of the god-fearing," and used
deception to wage war against barriers seeking to protect modesty and holiness .
who opens his mouth to protest is dragged by the arm to prison, and
then subjected to evil lies by ignorant lawyers," the Eda Haredit
In the last couple of weeks, the flyer continued, a number of
Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh's "beloved" were arrested on false charges.
"An important yeshiva student" was recently sent to prison for two years
in a campaign to silence haredi (ultra-Orthodox) protesters, the Eda
Haredit contended in an apparent reference to Shmuel Weisfish. Weisfish,
an activist in the haredi extremist group known as the Sikrikim
(Sicarii), was convicted of assault and other offenses and was sentenced
two weeks ago.
The organization asserted that this is only
another incident in a series of conflicts between haredim and "Israel's
evildoers...after they have taken the government and authority for
themselves." Ultra-Orthodox Jews must continue to protect barriers
erected to preserve modesty and holiness, to ensure modesty on buses and
to guard their homes from foreign influences, the Eda Haredit warned.
Rabbi Uri Regev, director of the religious equality organization
Hiddush, responded to the flyer on Tuesday saying that the haredi group has
revealed its true face "as an organization that supports thuggery of the
The members of Badatz who publicized the notice supporting the Sikrikim
are shaming Judaism, Regev explained, calling on haredi leaders to
denounce the organization's stand.
"Know that anyone who buys a food product with the Eda Haredit (Badatz)
kashrut certification is funding the haredi extremist fight against
Zionism, and [for] gender exclusion, spitting [on women dressed
improperly], cursing and violence," he warned.