6,185 posts categorized "Israel"

November 23, 2014: Arabs Are Subhuman, Hasidic Rebbe Says
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The rebbe suddenly announced that “Ishmaelites are not bnei adam [literally, children of Adam, the first human being; i.e., Arabs are subhuman] because they are cruel by nature.” Above: The Vizhnitzer Rebbe Arabs Are Subhuman, Hasidic Rebbe Says Shmarya Rosenberg...

November 23, 2014: Jewish State Bill Passes Cabinet, Despite Language That Is Likely Illegal
Comments: 2 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Refugees
"The bill submitted today to the government puts a Jewish state before democracy. Ben-Gurion would not approve this bill. Begin and Jabotinsky would not approve it. It is an anti-democratic bill." Above: Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu Jewish State Bill Passes...

November 22, 2014: Haredi Synagogue Hit By Terror Attack Had Cellphone-Blocking Device, Slowing Down Police Response
Comments: 26 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism , Web/Tech
A reason it took police so long to respond to the attack – 11 minutes, by some accounts – and likely a reason the death toll was as high as it was is because haredi rabbis had installed a device...

November 21, 2014: Israel Further Unravels Into Violence
Comments: 2 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
From a violent acid attack on the car of a Israeli Muslim interfaith peace activist to attacks on police and Arab workers and attacks on Jews, Israel shows more signs of unravelling into a spiral of racist violence. “Wave” Of...

November 21, 2014: Dead Jews Necessary To Atone For Generation, Bring Messiah, Haredi Rabbinic Leader Says
Comments: 45 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
"The Messiah has to come,” Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky said. “There needs to be an atonement" made for this generation so the Messiah can come, and those who died and were wounded in the attack had partially made that atonement through...

November 21, 2014: Swedish Orthodox Rabbi Receives Death Threat
Comments: 1 | Categories: Antisemitism , Israel , Terrorism
"What a wonderful day! Four of your satanic murderers were taken from the world, how wonderful! But what a pity that you weren't among them. But soon will come the time when the Gothenburg synagogue will be destroyed to the...

November 21, 2014: Two Yeshiva Students Attacked On Mount Of Olives
Comments: 5 | Categories: Antisemitism , Israel , Terrorism
The two men were reportedly stoned and beaten with metal rods and rods spiked with nails near the Zionist Orthodox Beit Orot Yeshiva in the new Beit Orot Jewish neighborhood on the largely Arab Mount of Olives. Above: The Beit...

November 21, 2014: Egged Public Bus Company Fires Many Of Its Arab Drivers
Comments: 1 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel
Israel’s Egged public bus company has summarily fired 27 Arab bus drivers. The Arab drivers tried to stage work slowdowns and a strike after a fellow Arab driver was found hanged in his bus. Several other Arab drivers say the...

November 20, 2014: Bring Guns To Synagogue On Shabbat, Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 26 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Terrorism
Rabbi David Yosef – one of the four members of Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages and a son of its late head, Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – ruled today that everyone with a valid gun...

November 20, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Orders Followers To Bring Cellphones To Shul On Shabbat
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
“In any case of doubt [about danger], one should call the emergency police 100 number [immediately] and one needn’t do so with a shinui [through using a non-normative dialing method due to Shabbat retractions],” the senior member of the vehemently...

November 20, 2014: In Tense Jerusalem, Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Ancient Holiday
Comments: 7 | Categories: Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Sigd, Amharic for prostration or worship, is the name of an ancient Ethiopian Jewish holiday held yearly on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Heshvan, 50 days after Yom Kippur. It is the day according to Ethiopian Jewish tradition...

November 20, 2014: Israeli High School Teacher Sends Out Death To Arabs Message, Is Not Fired
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel
A high school math teacher there used WhatsApp to send a group of 11th- and 12th-grade students a photo of a Muslim cemetery with a caption reading: "In times like these, it's important to remember there are also good Arabs!...

November 20, 2014: The Temple Mount: A Brief History
Comments: 12 | Categories: History , Israel
A brief history of the Temple Mount – now the epicenter of the current conflict between radical Islam and Israel – may surprise you. Ha’aretz has a history of the Temple Mount, which of course is the epicenter of the...

November 20, 2014: "You Guys Don't Like It? Go Back To Ethiopia!" Israeli Cops Allegedly Say
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
"Many complaints have reached my desk from Ethiopian emigrants who feel humiliated in face of the attitude of the police. There is a sense that when you guys get ahold of an Ethiopian you act with a much harsher hand...

November 19, 2014: Satmar Rebbe Blames Jews, Not Terrorists, For Gruesome Israel Synagogue Murders
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
“Regarding the prohibition of ascending the Temple Mount, which all Jews who fear G-d know demands the punishment of kares [excision; destruction of a person’s soul], it has unfortunately become easy for people to take it lightly because of false...

November 19, 2014: 5th Terror Victim Buried As Haredim Urged To Attend Funeral
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
Thousands attended the funeral of the fifth victim of Tuesday morning’s gruesome terror attack on a Har Nof, Jerusalem haredi synagogue that also killed four haredi rabbis. The fifth victim, Sergeant-Major Zidan Nahad Seif, was not a rabbi – he...

November 19, 2014: Shin Bet Head Contradicts Prime Minister, Says Abbas, PA Don’t Want Terror, 3rd Intifada, Says MKs Should Stay Off Temple Mount
Comments: 2 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
“The religious dimension of the conflict is very dangerous and explosive, because it has implications for the Palestinians and for Muslims everywhere in the world. We have to do everything possible to instill calm.” Shin Bet Head Contradicts Prime Minister,...

November 18, 2014: Fire All Arabs, Hasidic Rebbe Orders
Comments: 45 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
In the wake of today's gruesome terror attack in Jerusalem that killed four haredi rabbis, the Karlin-Stolin Rebbe issued urgent orders to his aides to immediately fire all Arab employees of Karlin-Stolin institutions. Above: The Karlin-Stolin Rebbe Hasidic Rebbe Orders...

November 18, 2014: 11-18-2014 Terror Victims
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
The names of the four rabbis murdered by Palestinian terrorists from East Jerusalem as they were praying in a synagogue in a residential neighborhood of Jerusalem at about 7:00 am this morning. Updated at 10:27 am CST 11-18-2014 Terror Victims...

November 18, 2014: Terror Attack In Jerusalem Synagogue Kills At Least Three Jews, Wounds 13 Others
Comments: 7 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Terrorism
At least five people have been killed and thirteen wounded in a terror attack on synagogue on Shimon Agassi Street in the western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof Tuesday morning. Last updated at 2:16 am CST Terror Attack In Jerusalem...

November 17, 2014: Dutch Court Will Rule On Extradition Of Breslov Rabbi In 2 Weeks
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Eliezer Berland – who is accused of sexually assaulting several of his female followers in Jerusalem, including at least one minor – walked to the court building in Haarlem, Netherlands wearing his tallit (prayer shawl) and tefillin (phylacteries) and...

November 17, 2014: Modern Orthodox Author Loses Another Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Comments: 5 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
Modern Orthodox author Naomi Ragen has lost yet another copyright infringement lawsuit brought against her by a haredi writer. Above: Naomi Ragen Modern Orthodox Author Loses Another Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Modern Orthodox author Naomi Ragen has...

November 17, 2014: Palestinian Bus Driver Found Dead In Egged Depot, Palestinians Claim Lynched By Jews, Police Claim Suicide
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel
Riots broke out in East Jerusalem late Sunday night after the body of a 32-year-old Palestinian Egged bus driver, identified by Palestinian media as Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, was found hanging the neck in an Egged bus depot in West Jerusalem....

November 16, 2014: Ministerial Law Committee Votes Down Bill That Would Have Lengthened Time Zionist Orthodox Yeshiva Students Serve On Active IDF Duty
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel’s Ministerial Law Committee voted down a bill that would have extended the active duty military service time of Zionist Orthodox soldiers who serve as part of the Hesder yeshiva program from 17 months to 24 months. Secular male soldiers...

November 16, 2014: Reports: Netanyahu Asks Haredi Parties To Join Government
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Both haredi political parties – the Sefardi haredi Shas Party and the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party – are claiming that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked them to join his ruling coalition. But both parties allegedly turned him...

November 16, 2014: Video: Haredim Scream "Shabbos!" As They Attack Taxi In Jerusalem
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredim attack a taxi driving on a main public street in the Mea Shearim-Geulah neighborhood of Jerusalem yesterday on Shabbat.

November 14, 2014: Chief Rabbinate Allegedly Forces Wedding Halls To Keep A Higher Standard Of Kosher Than Hotels – Even When The Couple Being Married Is Not Orthodox
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion
"Ah, but that’s not quite all there is to it. The Rabbinate has new regulations. Because my waiters and barmen are not Shabbat observant, I am only permitted to serve yayin mevushal (pasteurized wine)" at your wedding. Yizhar Hess, the...

November 14, 2014: 92% Of West Bank Anti-Palestinian Hate Crimes Unsolved, Only 2% Of Cases Lead To Indictments
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
Police investigations into alleged hate crimes against West Bank Palestinians, many of them so-called price tag attacks committed by right-wing Jewish settlers, are almost always closed by police without catching the perpetrators, Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group with...

November 14, 2014: High Court Orders Haredi Beit Din To Defend Its Illegal Shunning Order Or Face Criminal Prosecution
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel
In 2013, Israel’s attorney general reportedly issued a directive that allows for anyone who issues a cherem (rabbinic order of exclusion and shunning against a person) to be criminally prosecuted, and yesterday the High Court of Justice demanded that a...

November 13, 2014: Rabbis Steinman And Kanievsky To Haredi Schools: Don’t Teach Secular Studies, Pull Out Of Government Funding Program, Don't Pollute Children's Minds
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Halakha , Israel , Religion
"We must stand as a bulwark not change an inch…God forbid, do not be tempted…there's no instruction to permit [joining the state’s haredi educational framework which requires teaching secular studies] at all, and those who have joined already must break...

November 12, 2014: Top Sefardi Haredi Rabbis Overrule Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Ban Israeli Produce During Shmita Causing Firestorm
Comments: 2 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
“People with vested interests, who have mehadrin [stringent] kashrut-licensing businesses whose only purpose is to squeeze money out of the weakest members of our community, charge twice or three times the value [for the imported produce]. The propaganda against heter...

November 11, 2014: Israel's High Court Hears Petition Against Haredi Military Draft Law
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The [Movement for Quality Government in Israel] said that the nine justice panel presided over by Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis agreed with its premise that the law was unequal, and spent much of the hearing questioning the state...

November 11, 2014: Updated With Audio: Well-Known Haredi Kabbalist Allegedly Seduced Married Woman, Told Her Sex With Him Was “Tikkun”
Comments: 57 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
A woman claims to have been tricked by a top haredi kabbalist who told her that she needed to sleep with him as a tikkun (mystical repair) for their souls. A beit din asked her to secretly tape the kabbalist...

November 10, 2014: Haredim Least Likely Israelis To Have Infant Hearing Checked Even Though Tests Are Free, Causing Children With Hearing Loss To Unnecessarily Suffer For Decades, Study Finds
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
Babies’ hearing is checked for free in hospitals soon after being born. Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their babies in for a second free hearing test a few days after discharge, as well, a second test which is often...

November 10, 2014: Held In Limbo And Extorted For 13 Years By Her Late Husband’s Family And An Obscure Jewish Law, Woman Finally Permitted To Remarry
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A woman was extorted by her late husband’s family for 13 years using an obscure Jewish law to do so as a haredi-controlled state rabbinical court allowed the extortion to continue and then eventually penalized her for finding a way...

November 10, 2014: Video: Haredi Man Shields His Eyes To Prevent Seeing Clothed Women
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A haredi man hurries down an Israeli street, trying desperately to avoid seeing any women. Post by ‎סטטוסים מצייצים‎. If the video does not appear above, please view it here.

November 10, 2014: Terror Victim Rabbi Yehuda Glick Put Back In Medically-Induced Coma
Comments: 1 | Categories: Antisemitism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an American-born Zionist Orthodox rabbi who is a leading activist for Jewish control of the Temple Mount, was shot four time in a terror attack in Jerusalem in front of the Menachem Begin Center two weeks ago....

November 10, 2014: Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Offers To Pay Rape Victim To Drop Charges Against Rapist
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni announced that she will file a disciplinary complaint against Rabbi Nissim ben Shimon., the head of Tel Aviv's official state rabbinical court, after he allegedly offered cash to a rape victim if she would...

November 9, 2014: Right-Wing MKs Propose Bill That World Apply Israeli Law To The West Bank – But Only For Jews
Comments: 21 | Categories: Israel
If a new law proposed by right-wing Knesset members passes, it may soon be official – there will be two laws in the West Bank, one for Jews and one for everyone else. Right-Wing MKs Propose Bill That World Apply...

November 9, 2014: Israeli Liberals Are More Emotion-Driven Than Israeli Conservatives, Study Finds
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel , Science
Emotions are powerful motivators of human behavior and attitudes. Emotions also play an important role in guiding policy support in conflict and other political contexts. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya have studied the interaction...

November 9, 2014: Have Israeli Government Fund Jewish Education In The Diaspora, Deputy Education Minister Says
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“Anyone who leaves the Jewish world is our responsibility as the home of the Jewish people. The government of Israel must help children in the diaspora obtain a Jewish education. If we allocate 55 billion shekels [$14.5 billion] a year...

November 7, 2014: As Jerusalem Lurches Toward A New Intifada, A Look Back At Why
Comments: 14 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , History , Israel , Terrorism
As Jerusalem and the West Bank inch ever closer to a full-blown Intifada, it’s worth a minute to review how and why we got here – and who is and who is not to blame. Above: file photo Analysis: As...

November 7, 2014: Haredi Rabbis Circulate Declaration Saying They Will Not Recognize Conversions To Judaism Done Under Israel’s New Conversion Reform
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
It's our way or the highway, haredi rabbis to tell potential converts. Haredi Rabbis Circulate Declaration Saying They Will Not Recognize Conversions To Judaism Done Under Israel’s New Conversion Reform Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate has already...

November 6, 2014: Alleged Rape Victim Kills His Alleged Rapist, Gets 20 Years In Prison
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
For four years Yaron, a well-known thug and dread of the neighborhood, was shaking down an Ethiopian Jew named Yonatan for cash. But Yaron was also sexually harassing and abusing Yonaton, and allegedly raped him twice. One night, Yaron tried...

November 6, 2014: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin v. Haredim, Part 2
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Here is a more complete transcript of the on-air fight over conversion to Judaism between top haredi activist and confidant of top haredi leaders on one hand and Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlom Riskin on the other. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin...

November 6, 2014: High Court: Couple Who Listened To A Rabbi Over A Doctor And Refused To Abort Seriously Damaged Fetus Must Pay For The Baby’s Care Out Of Their Own Pockets
Comments: 51 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim
The Meuhedet Health Fund (an HMO) refused to provide medical care for the baby the couple had refused to abort, claiming that HMO doctors warned the couple the child would be born paralyzed and had urged them to abort. nstead,...

November 5, 2014: Chief Rabbi Argues That Conversion Reform Is Dangerous Because It Will Allow Africans To Convert To Get State Money
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Refugees , Religion
"…Anyone who has undergone conversion is entitled to acquire citizenship. The State of Israel is dealing with a significant number of illegal residents [almost of whom are African asylum seekers – ed.], and they will do everything to enjoy what...

November 4, 2014: Haredi Chief Rabbi Says Evil Conversion Reform Law Was Passed Only To Please One Man – Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbi David Stav
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“They are doing everything possible for one rabbi. There is a rabbi called Rabbi David Stav, and who wants to convert minors and implement leniencies regarding conversion. Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Shlita [the right-wing Zionist Orthodox West Bank settler rabbi whose...

November 4, 2014: New Law Stops Government Rabbis Blocked From Charging For Performing Weddings
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Government-employed chief rabbis of cities, towns and rural areas in Israel will no longer be able to charge couples for performing their weddings, a new law passed by the Knesset Monday says. New Law Stops Government Rabbis Blocked From Charging...

November 4, 2014: Leading Israel Modern Orthodox Rabbi Lashes Out At Haredi Rabbinic Leaders Over Conversions
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
During an interview on Galei Yisrael Radio yesterday conducted by a haredi interviewer, Dov Halberthal, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin lashed out at haredim – including Israel's chief rabbis – who won't recognize his (and other Modern Orthodox and Zionist Orthodox) conversions...

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