haredim in beit shemesh.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The locks of the Beit Shemesh campaign office of the moderate ultra-Orthodox
political faction Tov were glued shut on Monday evening, in what may be the
beginning of a campaign of low grade harassment by haredi hardliners.
activists told The Jerusalem Post that they will be filing a police complaint
over the incident, which occurred only two days after an ultra- Orthodox man was
filmed demanding that a participant at a Tov event in Jerusalem remove his black
hat. Another ultra-Orthodox man physically assaulted the cameraman filming the
incident and threatened to break his camera.
A party spokesman accused
the “local haredi political machine” in Beit Shemesh of engaging in verbal
incitement and said that harassment constitutes “proof of why a moderate haredi
political party is so desperately needed.”
“Although the election
campaign has barely started, political incitement and vandalism are in full
swing,” he said. “Tov will not be intimidated by the hooligans and violence for
which Beit Shemesh has unfortunately become known.”
Monday’s incident was
committed by “hooligans with political agendas that don’t have our city’s
interests in mind,” Tov Beit Shemesh chairman Aharon Salomon told the Post. “We
reject them and we know voters will as well.”