Holy Crap! Haaretz takes on the right:
JTA reports that thousands of Hareidim went out to protest today, claiming that racism is – apparently- ordained by God, that -as usual- those nasty Supreme Court people are godless atheists in their insistence that they integrate a school, and that a vote for integration is a vote for “flotilla terrorists.”
Just another day in the life:
You have to give it to them, they certainly stand for Torah and are willing to fight for what they believe in, even if it has nothing to do with anything actually in Torah whatsoever, or if in fact, it opposes Torah altogether. No, no, what they say is Torah, it is Torah.
Why are they protesting? Well, hard to say since the Ashkenazi mothers fail to show for jail term, although 35 Ashkenazi fathers show up for their two week sentence. But as we know, they have the god-given, nay, God-demanded right to segregate their daughters from those nasty Sephardi girls, after all, as one mother pointed out, “The court and media don’t understand that this is another world,” a mother who is keeping her daughter out of school said. “The Hasidic program was created because of a different religious outlook. Only pure children attend it,” and we mustn’t forget that, “No court ruling or Education Ministry decision can bring the two groups together,” an Immanuel resident said Wednesday, “It’s like putting Americans and Africans together. They can’t study together with such huge mental differences,” he said.
Right. It would never work.
I know they don’t read the paper, and heaven forbid the Internets, but perhaps they might have noticed the color of the president of the USA? Hasn’t someone put up a poster condemning him to death as anti-Israel or a Muslim or something?
Technically, I’ll agree with one commenter I noticed, who said that Israel should not interfere as the Sephardim ought to not have their culture destroyed by the Ashkenazim, a process already heavily underway, and has been since early in Israel’s (modern) history, wherein Ashkenazim viewed Sephardi culture as inferior and attempted to bully it out of existence – and the fruits of that are noticeable, as -for example- Moroccan Jews in hareidi circles have taken to wearing the clothing of Polish noblemen of the 18th century. The minhag avotam, I’m sure.
Israeli government needs to stop letting hareidim run their own show in publicly funded schools (I’ll personally go further and say “At all, about anything.” In fact, I would go so far as to say that anything they support ought to be studied and questioned in depth as suspect, these days) while letting them get away with not doing anything democratic, treating public funds as a god-given right to teach their students the most poisonous crap ever about gender, race and heaven only knows what else; Torah indeed. Hardly.
Even the Haaretz editorial states it.
Let us summarize what ought to be being said:
The government needs to quit sucking up to create its coalitions by giving the hareidim whatever the hell they want – it’s causing a horrible rift in the nation, where they teach their communities any type of nastiness, and cover up the ugliness by claiming that it’s ordained by God and Torah, when in fact, it’s no such thing. While the government gives them public funds to do it. Knock it off, already. What they’re teaching isn’t Torah, it’s publicly funded social control, where in their population gets narrower and narrower as their rebbes tighten the reins on their brains.
There’s no good reason for Israel to continue to allow this. It isn’t Torah true; it is in fact, a chillul hashem
(only outdistanced by…..)
a somewhat remarkable assertion in the opinion column:
Yes, but the settlers are worse!
Why the rest of Israel hasn’t gotten interested enough to protest about this is unclear. They keep saying they’re unhappy about it. So, nu?