6,598 posts categorized "Israel"

May 5, 2015: Netanyahu Takes Israel Another Step Closer To Theocracy
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Transferring the rabbinical courts from the Ministry of Justice to the control of the Ministry of Religious Services takes Israel backwards. It will have a harsh impact on efforts to deal with divorce refusal and without doubt will also harm...

May 5, 2015: Sex Assault In Haredi Kindergarten
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Police in the haredi city of Elad arrested a Palestinian man from the West Bank Palestinian city of Ramallah who had entered Israel illegally after he allegedly sexually assaulted a kindergarten assistant there. Sex Assault In Haredi Kindergarten Shmarya Rosenberg...

May 5, 2015: Former Foreign Minister Lashes Out At Netanyahu, Says New Deal With Haredim Will Keep Haredim Poor
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A day after he announced that his right-wing secular and heavily Russian Yisrael Beiteinu Party would not join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government even though it was willing to do so only days before, former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman...

May 5, 2015: Why Is Rabbi Moshe Shapiro Not In Prison?
Comments: 44 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Moshe Shapiro – a virulent, evil excuse for a human being – encouraged his followers to savagely beat an elderly woman Shapiro mistakenly thought was a pedophile. The woman was beaten with crowbars and almost died. Police and the...

May 4, 2015: Haredi Yeshivas To Get $257 Million In Coalition Deal
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
In return for signing a deal to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government, Netanyahu promised the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party many things – including $257 million for haredi yeshivas. Above: Benjamin Netanyahu Ynet reports: …The agreement with...

May 4, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Joins New Netanyahu Government, Gets Religious Affairs And Economy Ministries
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The Sefardi haredi Shas Party signed a coalition agreement today with the Likud Party, making it the third party to join the new government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Joins New Netanyahu Government, Gets Religious...

May 4, 2015: Coalition Deal Would See Haredi Yeshivas As Degree-Granting Colleges – Even Though Most Graduates Can't Do Simple Algebra Or Correctly Write A Modern Hebrew Sentence
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredim now bring many yeshiva students from the Diaspora to Israel to study with full government funding as part of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program. Haredim already get 100 million shekels ($27.5 million) for this annually, fully one-third of which goes...

May 4, 2015: President Meets With Haredi Mayors, Warns Of Need For Integration
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"In 2018, almost a quarter of the first grade students in Israel will be from the haredi community. This community is no longer a minority and we must understand this and adjust our concept regarding the nature of the relationship...

May 4, 2015: Israeli President Says Ethiopian Protests “Revealed An Open And Raw Wound At The Heart Of Israeli Society”
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
“We must look directly at this open wound. We have erred. We did not look, and we did not listen enough. Among the protesters on the streets, were some of our finest sons and daughters; outstanding students; those who served...

May 4, 2015: In New Report, 60 IDF Soldiers Allege IDF War Crimes In Gaza
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
An IDF soldier recalled an incident during the Gaza War in which a force identified two suspicious figures walking in an orchard, only a few hundred meters away. The lookouts couldn’t immediately identify them, so a drone was sent up...

May 3, 2015: Video: Violent Ethiopian Jewish Riots In Tel Aviv Lead To 15 Arrests
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Today’s anti-police-racism protest by Ethiopian Jews in Tel Aviv turned into a violent riot, apparently after police used force to unblock roads and a freeway and to prevent protesters from breaking into City Hall. Violent Ethiopian Jewish Riots In Tel...

May 3, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Block Roads In New Anti-Police-Racism Protest
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
In the wake of Thursday’s large anti-police-racism protest in Jerusalem organized by an ad hoc group of young Ethiopian Jews – a protest which turned violent, many say because of police brutality against the protesters – more than 1,000 protesters,...

May 3, 2015: Alleged Haredi Cult Leader Rabbi Aharon Ramati Arrested
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Aharon Ramati, the head of the sefardi haredi Be'er Miriam women’s seminary in the Sanhedria neighborhood of Jerusalem, was arrested today and his seminary was raided by police and whole host of government agencies. Alleged Haredi Cult Leader Rabbi...

May 3, 2015: Hasidic School's Lag Ba-Omer Quiz Equates Zionists To Ancient Enemies Of The Jewish People
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A hasidic school's Lag Ba-Omer quiz for young children lumps Zionists together with two ancient enemies of the Jewish people and asks, Who wanted to kill Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? Those enemies or the Zionists? A translation made by the...

May 2, 2015: Large Haredi Money Changing Operation-Cum-Illegal-Bank Collapses, Leaving Millions In Debts And Many Haredim Destitute
Comments: 82 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A large haredi money changing company-cum-illegal-bank in Bnei Brak has suddenly declared bankruptcy, leaving smaller money changers and check cashing kiosks that relied on it and the company’s haredi investors facing millions of shekels in losses. Large Haredi Money Changing...

May 2, 2015: Shabbat Bus Service Launches In Jerusalem Without Major Incident
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Several dozen haredim protested on Hanevi’im Street on the edge of downtown where many of Jerusalem’s cafés and other entertainment venues are located. They blocked traffic and demanded that the road be closed to traffic on Shabbat. Police dispersed them...

May 2, 2015: Jewish Violence At Christian Event In Israel Averted – But Only After Police Give In To Jewish Mob
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The crowd of Rabbi Peretz’s protesters grew much larger and angrier. They demanded the two protesters be immediately released from police custody. At this point, police used a police vehicle to block the entrance to the building to prevent the...

May 1, 2015: Private Shabbat Buses To Operate Tonight In Jerusalem
Comments: 8 | Categories: Israel , Religion
The Cooperative Transportation Association of Jerusalem announced it will run a service of three buses through various neighborhoods in the Holy City from this Friday for seven hours starting at 8:00 pm. "Our goal is to enable all those who...

May 1, 2015: In West Bank Haredi Town, “Arab Burglars” Turn Out To Be Haredim
Comments: 2 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Xenophobia
At least two suspects are reportedly in police custody after a wave of break-ins in the haredi West Bank town of Betar Illit, located six miles south of Jerusalem. In West Bank Haredi Town, “Arab Burglars” Turn Out To Be...

May 1, 2015: Nepal Earthquake Caused By Sexual Immorality And Fake Conversions – In Israel, Top Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 59 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch said the earthquake happened because of incest and other sexual immorality taking place in Israel along with “fraudulent” conversions to Judaism performed by Israeli state Orthodox rabbis who are not strictly haredi. Above: Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch Nepal...

May 1, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Opines On Nepal Earthquake, Secular Education
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman replied the yeshiva student should find a different marriage partner and exclaimed in Yiddish, “Nebach! A rachmanus on a Yiddisher daughter…rachmanus on the daughter of Israel,” essentially meaning that the girl is “a mercy case” because...

May 1, 2015: Haredim Lash Out At Israel’s President Over Call For Haredim To Study Secular Subjects, Serve The Country And Work
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Unnamed sources from the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) are reportedly lashing out at Israel’s president Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin after Rivlin told a conference on education and the economy Wednesday that the new coalition deal between UTJ and...

April 30, 2015: Israeli President Lashes Out At Coalition Deal Allowing Haredi Schools Not To Teach Math, Modern Hebrew
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
"…Haredim need to understand what math and the other core subjects are. The issue of [their need to] study Torah is not an excuse to remove haredim from other aspects of society [which is what not knowing math, science, Modern...

April 30, 2015: More Jerusalem Riots Video
Comments: 2 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Watch police violently disperse a crowd of Ethiopian Jews protesting against police brutality and racism.

April 30, 2015: Watch Live As It Happens: Large Anti-Police Protests In Jerusalem Ongoing
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
The large protest led by Ethiopian Jews against police racism has grown exponentially, with Israelis of all ethnicities and backgrounds joining to protest police brutality and racism. Watch live on Ynet here.

April 30, 2015: Video: Ethiopian Jews' Anti-Police-Racism Protest Turns Violent As Police Attack
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Watch police use tear gas and other projectiles to disperse hundreds of protesters, most Ethiopian Jews, who gathered from across Israel to protest what they claim is often unprovoked police violence against minorities. At the very end of the video,...

April 30, 2015: More Than 1,000 Ethiopian Jews Protest Police Racism, Riot In Jerusalem
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
More than 1,000 protesters, almost all of them Ethiopian Jews, came from across Israel to protest what they say are a string of racist attacks by police against Ethiopian Israelis. Above: Still from security camera footage of police attacking an...

April 30, 2015: Netanyahu Versus Israel's Supreme Court: Will PM's Bid To Gut Israel's Highest Court End Israeli Democracy?
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel
Ironically, Likud was historically the party of both Jewish nationalism and deep respect for the judiciary. Its first leader, Menachem Begin, was admiringly (though mistakenly) quoted by followers as accepting an unfavorable court ruling with the words “there are judges...

April 30, 2015: Netanyahu Promises Haredim Their Schools Won’t Have To Teach Secular Subjects, Will Still Get State Funding
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
What did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promise the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) in return for UTJ agreeing to join Netanyahu’s likely new coalition government? A lot. And much of it is very damaging to Israel's future –...

April 29, 2015: Ashkenazi Haredim Reach Deal With PM Netanyahu On Inclusion In New Coalition Government
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Likud’s deal with UTJ appears to scrap all criminal penalties for haredim who dodge Israel’s military draft, scuttle much of the recent law drafting them, and roll back a whole host of changes on religion and state issues that were...

April 29, 2015: A Statement by Masorti/Conservative Jewish Leaders To the Cancellation of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremony For Children with Disabilities in Rehovot, Israel
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"To slam a door on a Jewish teen at the moment they are about to enter the fellowship of the Jewish People is terrible; to do so to a young person with disabilities is unforgivable. The insult to the dignity...

April 29, 2015: Haredi Mayor Abruptly Cancels Public Bar And Bat Mitzvah Ceremony For Disabled Children In Slap At Conservative Movement
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Rahamim Malul, the haredi mayor of the Israeli city of Rehovot canceled a public bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for children with disabilities because it was scheduled to held at a Conservative synagogue. Wha t Malul did is almost certainly...

April 28, 2015: Ethiopian IDF Soldier Allegedly Beaten By Police In Unprovoked Racist Attack
Comments: 26 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Police were reportedly cordoning off a street due to a suspicious object when the soldier, who was riding his bicycle in full uniform, asked them what was happening. Police allegedly responded by lashing out at soldier. They pushed him off...

April 27, 2015: Haredi Conference On Gynecological Health Excludes…All Women
Comments: 113 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Meuhedet HMO and the haredi Yad Ramah Institute are holding a conference tomorrow in Jerusalem for rabbis and top doctors on gynecology and related medical ethics issues. Missing from the list of invitees and speakers is one entire class...

April 27, 2015: Man Assaulted By Kotel Security Guard After Giving Torah Scroll To Women Of The Wall Will Sue Assailant If Police Continue To Refuse To Enforce The Law
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Charlie Kalech handed a Torah scroll from the men’s section of the Kotel to members of Women of the Wall (WoW) in the women’s section, sparking a violent response from an as yet unidentified Kotel security guard. But police arrested...

April 27, 2015: “We Won’t Let Beit Shemesh Turn Into A Taliban City!”
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Four women who won court fight against haredi-controlled city promise to use their financial judgements to fight illegal haredi discrimination against women. Above: File photo of an illegal haredi modesty sign in Beit Shemesh “We Won’t Let Beit Shemesh Turn...

April 26, 2015: When A Prime Minister Appears To Lie About Terrorism
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Israel , Terrorism
"…I asked to learn about the first fallen soldier on this long list. His name was Aaron Hershler, aged 23, from the Mishkanot Shaananim neighborhood here in Jerusalem. In 1873, 142 years ago, Arab rioters and robbers attacked the Jewish...

April 26, 2015: Top Haredi Newspaper Strongly Condemns Haredim Who Participated In Remembrance Day And Independence Day Events
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Yated Ne’eman, the largest selling haredi daily newspaper in the world and the mouthpiece of the non-hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party, ignored the attack [against the Orthodox IDF soldier in Mea Shearim allegedly committed...

April 26, 2015: Government Trains Mikvah Ladies To Spot Domestic Abuse
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Some state-employed mikvah attendants in Israel – it is unclear how many – are being trained to spot signs of domestic abuse and report it to police. Government Trains Mikvah Ladies To Spot Domestic Abuse Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Some...

April 26, 2015: Hamodia Condemns Haredi Mob Attack On Orthodox IDF Officer – Sort Of
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Israeli edition of the haredi newspaper Hamodia – which is essentially the house organ of the Gerrer hasidic sect, the largest hasidic sect in Israel, and of the hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party...

April 25, 2015: The Disaster Both Judaism And Israel Will Not Survive
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Xenophobia
When our best friends, the countries with which Israel likes to boast that we “share values,” increasingly perceive Israel’s Judaism as an antithesis to the state’s democratic character and a threat to the liberal approach and equality of rights to...

April 24, 2015: IDF Officer Attacked By Haredi Mob In Mea Shearim
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Dozens of people - both adults and children - allegedly threw stones and eggs at the officer, vandalized his car, and screamed at him, "Hardak! [Haredi cockroach, the current derogatory haredi slang for haredi IDF soldiers] We will kill you!”...

April 23, 2015: A Deafening Silence: After African Asylum Seekers Pushed Out Of Israel Beheaded By ISIS, American Jewish Leadership Silent
Comments: 54 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Refugees , Religion
"…No one is demanding that 55,000 African migrants be given full citizenship anytime soon, only that they receive legal status and be allowed to work, to pay taxes, to live in decent homes outside their cramped hovels near the Tel...

April 23, 2015: In Tel Aviv, Hummus Delivered To Your Door On The Cheap, From Uber
Comments: 7 | Categories: Food , Israel
The on-demand car service Uber is doing something special for Israel Independence Day in Tel Aviv. Ha'aretz reports the on-demand car service app Uber is doing something special for Israel Independence Day: …Uber, which announced this week that it would...

April 23, 2015: Haredim Fly ISIS Flag – In Israel
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Vehemently anti-Zionist haredim in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh flew an ISIS flag yesterday, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen IDF soldiers and the eve of the country's Independence Day, to protest the State of Israel and the IDF. Haredim...

April 22, 2015: Near-Riot In Beit Shemesh Between Haredim And Opponents Over Memorial Day Ceremony
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
A public Yom Hazikoron (Memorial Day) ceremony today in Beit Shemesh was disrupted by haredim, leading to violence. Near-Riot In Beit Shemesh Between Haredim And Opponents Over Memorial Day Ceremony Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A public Yom Hazikoron (Memorial Day)...

April 22, 2015: African Asylum Seekers Forced Out Of Israel By Netanyahu Government Slaughtered By ISIS
Comments: 84 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion , Xenophobia
Population and Immigration Authority has already confirmed that asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan will now be deported without their consent. Those who refuse to agree to this “voluntary” deportation will be imprisoned at the Saharonim Prison indefinitely. It was...

April 21, 2015: Orthodox Judaism's Current Burial Practices Are Modern Innovations With Little Connection To Historical Practice
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
Orthodox and especially haredi rabbis often know little, if any, history and make halakhic rulings based on backwards projection and mistaken perceptions. One of the clearest ways to see that is to look at how Jews used to bury their...

April 21, 2015: Belz Bans WhatsApp
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
The Belz hasidic sect in Israel has banned the popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: The Lion.]

April 21, 2015: In Israel As Elsewhere, Leaving The Haredi Community Exposes Large Gaps In Education And Training – And Prompts Lawsuit Against The Government
Comments: 83 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
"I once heard them talk about the theory of evolution, very furtively, in the yeshiva when someone said certain people think they are descended from the apes. It triggered a gale of laughter and the rabbi said that anyone who...

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