6,353 posts categorized "Israel"

January 25, 2015: With The Help Of Right-Wing Allies, Haredim Block Funding For IDF Lone Soldiers Center
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
“They crossed an ethical red line — this is politics of the lowest kind. I think they’re embarrassing the haredi community. I don’t think the haredim would want to hurt lone soldiers." With The Help Of Right-Wing Allies, Haredim Block...

January 25, 2015: As Haredi Poverty Deepens, Young Married Haredim Feel An Even Greater Sense Of Entitlement – Because They Were Raised To
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"My parents pay our rent and we go to them and my wife’s parents just about every Shabbos [to eat], and we also take frozen foods and cans [home to our apartment from their house]. Yes, we are parasites.… So...

January 25, 2015: Court Finds Against Haredi-Controlled City Government, Orders It To Pay Women Compensation After It Refused To Remove Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Four Modern Orthodox residents sued the City of Beit Shemesh for refusing to remove from public property haredi modesty signs ordering gender segregation and demanding certain types of "modest" dress. Above: An illegal haredi modesty sign in Beit Shemesh ordering...

January 24, 2015: Don’t Encourage French Jews To Move To Israel Because It Will Lead To Intermarriage, Haredi Rabbis Say
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
About 50% of French Jews are intermarried, meaning many of the French Jews who would come to Israel would bring with them a non-Jewish spouse and non-Jewish children. Because of that, top Ashkenazi haredi rabbis say Israel should not encourage...

January 24, 2015: Har Nof Haredi Rabbis Shield Convicted Child Molester, Try To Hide His Identity From Locals
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A moderated Har Nof, Jerusalem Anglo haredi community email list tells its members that it will not publish the name or address of the convicted child molester who has recently moved there. When the community's haredi decide to publicize the...

January 23, 2015: Mob Of Orthodox Jews Attack, Beat Druze IDF Veteran In Random Act Of Racist Violence
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Xenophobia
"Blood ran down all over me – my head, my ears and on my shirt. I have no idea who they are. They just saw me speaking Arabic and I have no idea why they chose to harass me specifically."...

January 22, 2015: As Haredi Women Politicians Are Threatened With Excommunication, State Moves To Prosecute Haredi Leaders Issuing The Threats
Comments: 19 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
"…[H]aredi society will excommunicate you, because the haredi society will not receive your sons, it won't accept shidduchim [arranged marriages with your children]. You will be muktzeh there in the haredi society. On the personal level I say to you,...

January 21, 2015: Haredi Women Are Like Slaves, Haredi Female Politician Reportedly Says
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“There are a vast number of different population sectors who have representation in the Knesset, Arabs, Jews, Sephardim, Ashkenazim, haredim and so on. But haredi women have no representation at all. There are male haredi representatives but they do not...

January 21, 2015: Report: Israel’s Looming Economic Disaster Caused Primarily By Haredim
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
“We are keeping you alive and supporting you! It is not you who sustains us, as you believe,” Blau insisted, meaning haredi Torah study and prayer were the only reasons Israel exists and thrives, and that non-haredi Israelis should be...

January 21, 2015: Top Haredi Politician: No True Haredi Man Works For A Living
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"…There are those who opt to leave yeshiva and join the working community." "Are they called haredim?" "No they are not! I do not accept this. It does not exist. One who does not learn [full time] in kollel and...

January 20, 2015: Former Mossad Head Says Israel’s Haredi Chief Rabbis Blocking Implementation Of Israel’s Conversion Reform
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Israel’s haredi-controlled chief rabbinate is obstructing the implementation of the new conversion to Judaism reform law in the hopes that the next government will repeal it, a former head of the Mossad reportedly said today. Above: Israel's haredi Chief Rabbis....

January 20, 2015: Are Haredi Attitudes About Mental Illness Changing For The Better?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
“In terms of mental health, it was a desert here at the time. If anyone in Bnei Brak had a problem – and recognized it – they would travel as far away as they could [for treatment] so as not...

January 19, 2015: As Major Orthodox Israeli Politician Lies Ill, Secular Israeli Politician Calls For Her Followers To Pray For Him
Comments: 16 | Categories: Israel
“Uri and I were born in the same year, the same day and the same hour. We always maintained a friendship despite differences. This is true today too, [even] after we both entered politics. We do not believe in mysticism...

January 19, 2015: Game Change: First Orthodox Female Halakhic Decisor Appointed In Israel
Comments: 27 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The moderate West Bank settlement of Efrat has appointed a woman to serve as a religious leader – the first ever appointed in Israel. Above: Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld Game Change: First Orthodox Female Halakhic Decisor Appointed In Israel Shmarya Rosenberg...

January 19, 2015: For First Time Ever, Haredi Women Form Political Party, Announce Run For Knesset
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
For the first time in the history of Israel, a political party founded and led by haredi women will run for Knesset. Above: Ruth Colian For First Time Ever, Haredi Women Form Political Party, Announce Run For Knesset Shmarya Rosenberg...

January 18, 2015: Haredi Party Appoints Convicted Felon To Its Council Of Torah Sages
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s chairman is a convicted felon – and now a member of its Council of Torah Sages is, too. Above: Rabbi Reuven Elbaz Haredi Party Appoints Convicted Felon To Its Council Of Torah Sages Shmarya Rosenberg...

January 18, 2015: Orthodox Knesset Member Joins Largely Secular Yesh Atid Party
Comments: 1 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Member of Knesset Elazar Stern has left former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s centrist Hatnuah Party to join Yair Lapid’s centrist and largely secular Yesh Atid Party. Above: Brigadier General (Ret.) MK Elazar Stern Orthodox Knesset Member Joins Largely Secular Yesh...

January 17, 2015: Short Dress Equals Shortened Life, Haredi Modesty Ads On Jerusalem Buses Say
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A haredi modesty campaign promoted through ads placed on Egged buses in Jerusalem is drawing questions and disapproval from many Jerusalem residents who wonder why Egged has so often refused to run ads by liberal groups or ads featuring pictures...

January 16, 2015: Under Threat From High Court, Government To Install Heat For African Asylum Seekers
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion
Temperatures dropped to around zero degrees Celsius, and last week many of the approximately 2,300 African asylum seekers detained in Holot complained that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) had confiscated their personal space heaters. All of the rooms in Holot...

January 16, 2015: Beit Shemesh: Secular School Given To Haredim; Secular Students To Be Forced To Move To Distant, Decrepit School Building
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
The haredi-controlled government of the City of Beit Shemesh has reportedly decided to move 150 secular children out of the Safot Vetarbuyot (Languages and Cultures) school in the Ramat Beit Shemesh neighborhood and put haredi girls in the school building...

January 16, 2015: The Haredi Theocracy That Is Israel?
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The official state rabbinical court in Jerusalem that ordered a woman it labeled a get (Jewish religious divorce) refuser arrested and jailed earlier this week acted even more egregiously than originally reported – and it is completely unrepentant. The Haredi...

January 16, 2015: Haredi Sex Offender Escapes Arrest And Flees To Israel – With, Some Claim, The Tacit Approval And Help Of The NYPD And The Brooklyn DA
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Worse yet, the sex offender's family made aliyah to join him there – with the help of the Orthodox aliyah group Nefesh B'Nefesh. Above: Yona Weinberg Originally published at 10:00 pm CST 1-15-2015 Haredi Sex Offender Escapes Arrest And Flees...

January 15, 2015: Mea Shearim Fish Shop Has Gender Separate Entrances And Counters
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
This would have been completely foreign to haredim living 50 years ago let alone 150 years ago, but a fish shop in the haredi Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem now has gender-separate entrances and counters (and, apparently, hours, as well)....

January 15, 2015: Haredi Woman Arrested, Chained To Hospital Bed For Refusing To Accept Get From Husband
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi woman who had just been released from a hospital following surgery was arrested by police Tuesday and then chained to a hospital bed for refusing to accept a get (Jewish religious divorce) from her husband, even though the...

January 15, 2015: Former Chabad Rabbi Now Transgender Woman
Comments: 46 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
Yiscah Smith used to be Rabbi Yaakov Smith, the Chabad shaliach (emissary) in Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter from 1985 through 1991. He then taught at Aish HaTorah for a brief time. And now, years later he is a she,...

January 15, 2015: More Than Half Of All Israeli Haredim Now Poor
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) became poorer than Israel's Arabs in 2013, and the relative incidence of poverty among them increased. Globes reports: Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) became poorer than Israel's Arabs in 2013, and the relative incidence of poverty among them increased,...

January 15, 2015: Racist Rabbi Praises Racist Organization, Justifies Arson Of Jewish-Arab School In Article Published On Chabad’s Israel Website
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“Not only is the mall crawling with Arabs luring poor daughters of Israel into their nets, not ceasing by day or night, but the entire main street of Kiryat Haim, Ya’alon’s birthplace, is full of decorated spruce trees. Cafes and...

January 14, 2015: Report: Israeli Government Pressured Families Of French Terror Victims To Bury Their Dead In Israel
Comments: 15 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
At least two of the four families didn't want to bury their loved ones in Israel, but the Netanyahu government allegedly pressured them into doing so anyway and then allowed an Israeli burial society to charge them almost $13,000 each...

January 14, 2015: Haredim To Get New City
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Yesterday, a subcommittee of the National Committee on Principle Planning Matters reportedly voted to recommend the National Committee approve the construction of Kasif, a new haredi city in Israel's Negev Desert near the Tel Arad Junction. New Haredi City To...

January 14, 2015: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s NYC Headquarters Subject Of Foreclosure Lawsuit
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s nonprofit Mosdot Shuva Israel defaulted on $17.3 million in loans. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his Manhattan headquarters building Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s NYC Headquarters Subject Of Foreclosure Lawsuit Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Rabbi Yoshiyahu...

January 13, 2015: Reports: Uninvited Netanyahu Shoved, Pushed, Elbowed Past Other World Leaders To Get To Front Of Paris Unity March
Comments: 38 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's boorish behavior in Paris is making headlines in Israel – and has spawned a very funny video game called Push Bibi. Commentary: Uninvited Netanyahu Shoved, Pushed, Elbowed Past Other World Leaders To Get To Front Of...

January 13, 2015: Haredi Hi-Tech Incubator Opens In Israel
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
"Haredim are just as creative and imaginative, and as willing to succeed, as are secular Israelis – in fact, from what I have seen among those in the high-tech world, they are even more ambitious. The problem is that they...

January 12, 2015: Reform Movement Moves To Stop Haredi Gender Segregation On Planes
Comments: 35 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Soon it just might be that haredi men who refuse to take their seats on planes until the woman sitting in the adjoining seat is forced to move will be removed from the plane (and even arrested) rather than be...

January 12, 2015: Jerusalem Light Rail Commuters Go Pantless As Part Of International Prank, Shocking Some Locals, Including Haredim
Comments: 26 | Categories: Humor , Israel
…When an incredulous teenager heard one member of the improv group ask the others on the platform if they all had tickets, he excitedly exclaimed, “Never mind train tickets—you people don’t even have pants!” It was only a few meager...

January 12, 2015: Haredi Newspaper Censors Female World Leaders From Iconic Paris Unity March Photo
Comments: 43 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Women & Judaism
The Israeli haredi daily HaMevasser photoshopped an iconic photo of yesterday's Paris unity march, removing female world leaders from the photograph. Walla! News was the first to detect and report the photoshopping. Mediaite then picked up the Walla! story. All...

January 12, 2015: Deri ‘Returns’ As Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Head To The Surprise Of No One – Except Perhaps Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
After purportedly resigning two weeks ago, Shas Party head Aryeh Deri formally announced today that he will in fact ‘resume’ his duties as the chairman of the Sefardi haredi political party – a party he continued to quietly lead even...

January 11, 2015: Netanyahu Crops Abbas Out Of Paris Unity March Photo
Comments: 54 | Categories: Israel
The office of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cropped out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from an iconic photo of today's massive unity march in Paris. The photo as Netanyahu tweeted it with an arrow added to show where Abbas...

January 11, 2015: Paris Unity March Draws At Least 3.7 Million, Official Says
Comments: 20 | Categories: Antisemitism , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
The hastily-planned unity march held in response to Wednesday's terror attack on the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine and Friday's terror attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris drew at least 3.7 million people – the rough equivalent of...

January 11, 2015: Israeli Newspaper Gets Waves Of Death Threats Over Cartoon – Threats That Came From Israel’s Jewish Right-Wing, Not From Radical Islam
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
“We must do what the terrorists did to them in France, but at Haaretz." "Why is there no terror attack at Haaretz?” “Let the terrorists eliminate them." “With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in...

January 11, 2015: 16 Haredi Teens Arrested For Allegedly Harassing, Assaulting Minority Bus Drivers
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The gang regularly boarded a Saturday night midnight bus that runs from the largest shopping mall in Petah Tikva to Elad. If the driver was a minority – an Ethiopian Jew or an Arab-Israeli – the teens would terrorize them,...

January 11, 2015: African Asylum Seekers Detained In Remote Desert Location With Inadequate Heat And Blankets, Government Confiscates Space Heaters
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees
As snow blanketed much of Israel, African asylum seekers held against their will at the Holot detention facility in the Negev Desert shivered in their beds under piles of clothes to try to ward off the extreme cold made worse...

January 9, 2015: Amsterdam Jewish Community Closes Synagogue After Hasidim Of Alleged Sex Abuser Rabbi Cause Disruptions, Breach Security
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Amsterdam Jewish community (NIHS) has closed one of its synagogues – not because of any terrorist threat, but because of the misbehavior of Breslov hasidim from Israel. Above: Rabbi Eliezer Berland in handcuffs in Zimbabwe in April 2014 Amsterdam...

January 9, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Protest Police Brutality In Israel
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
6 months after he went missing and was later found dead, the family and friends of Ethiopian-Israeli Yosef Salamsa hold a 3-day march to Jerusalem to protest the racist police brutality he experienced 4 months before his death, which they...

January 8, 2015: Zionists Discriminating Against Us, Top Haredi Pol Tells Prime Minister
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“The implication is that in every community in which a national-religious and a haredi rabbi apply for a job, the national-religious rabbi will be chosen and haredi rabbis will be wiped out, there won’t be haredi rabbis any more in...

January 7, 2015: Video: Haredi Man Defaces Ad Showing Woman's Face
Comments: 30 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi man in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem didn't like seeing a woman's face on an ad on the side of truck. So he defaced it. But while doing so, he was caught on video.

January 6, 2015: Transgender Woman Denied Entrance To Kotel
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Kay Long went to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem’s Old City to day to place a prayer note in the Wall. But when she got there, an Orthodox female guard at the women’s entrance reportedly refused to let her...

January 6, 2015: Haredi-Run Hospital Denies Fertility Treatments To Unmarried Women, Women Married In Civil Ceremonies
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
"It's unthinkable that an Israeli hospital decides not to treat people who do not live their life according to the halakha. Providing medical care cannot depend on the way people choose to live, and Laniado's conduct is a serious case...

January 6, 2015: Used Motor Vehicle Dealers Indicted For Odometer Tampering And Money Laundering
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel
A Queens, New York, man and his Israeli brother were charged in indictments unsealed today in federal courts in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, New York, with offenses related to a long-running odometer tampering and money laundering scheme, the Justice Department and...

January 6, 2015: Son Of Notorious Violent Haredi Street Thug Busted For Assault, Draft Dodging
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Yolish Krauss was for years the Chief Operating Officer (i.e., street thug) of the Eidah Haredit vehemently anti-Zionist haredi umbrella organization based in the über-haredi Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem. In recent years, when Edah Haredit followers rioted against police,...

January 5, 2015: In Yet Another Self-Inflicted Black Eye For Israel, Israel’s Airport Security Profiles Prominent Black American Jew
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel
Ben-Gurion Airport security put Michael W. Twitty in an all Black and Arab security line, badgered him, treated him rudely, took his belongings and otherwise treated him badly – even though he's a Jew and was in Israel as an...

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