6,268 posts categorized "Israel"

December 21, 2014: Six More Racist Group’s Members Arrested
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
Israel Police arrested eight more members of the radical right-wing racist neo-Kahanist Lehava organization today for allegedly inciting racist violence, Ynet reported, but then released four of them shortly afterward. Above: Bentzion "Bentzi" Gopstein Six More Racist Group’s Members Arrested...

December 19, 2014: Zionist Orthodox Grade School Holds Gender Segregated Hanukkah Celebrations, Bans Fathers From Attending Little Daughters’ Event
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
“My girl is only in the first grade, where's the girls' singing [kol isha]? I do not understand. It's extreme, and we are a state religious school, not something else.…Even in terms of Jewish law restricting women's singing in front...

December 19, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Pol Gets Death Threats After Leaving Shas To Form New Political Party
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Turf Disputes
Former Shas Party leader and Member of Knesset Eli Yishai has been receiving death threats, and so far one Shas supporter has been arrested. Above: Eli Yishai Sefardi Haredi Pol Gets Death Threats After Leaving Shas To Form New Political...

December 18, 2014: Sarah Silverman Joins Women of the Wall For Menorah Lighting, Kotel Guards Try To Stop Women From Bringing Menorahs To The Holy Site
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) may have been prevented from lighting a large public menorah at the Kotel (Western Wall) today, but it didn’t stop the feminist group from holding a special menorah-lighting at the holy site attended by Comedian...

December 18, 2014: Israel's High Court Allows State Haredi-Controlled Rabbinical Court To Annul Conversion, Ruling Could Spark New Conversion Crisis
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel’s High Court of Justice has just ruled that a haredi-controlled state rabbinical court can retroactively annul conversions if the convert in question is believed to have deceived the court with regard to his or her commitment to keep halakha...

December 18, 2014: Haredi Thug Who Allegedly Robbed Newspaper Vendor Arrested In Beit Shemesh, Rest Of Haredi Gang Still At Large
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A haredi man allegedly affiliated with the violent haredi Sicarii (zealots) group-cum-street-gang was finally arrested in Beit Shemesh today after evading several previous arrest attempts. Haredi Thug Who Allegedly Robbed Newspaper Vendor Arrested In Beit Shemesh, Rest Of Haredi Gang...

December 17, 2014: Head Of Right-Wing Racist Neo-Kahanist Group Remanded By Court
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein, the head of the right-wing racist neo-Kahanist group Lehava, arrested along with nine other Lehava members Tuesday on suspicion of incitement to racist violence, was remanded to custody by a Jerusalem judge. Above: Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein (sometimes...

December 17, 2014: NGO To Ask Elections Committee To Warn Haredi Parties About Trading Rabbinic Blessings And Amulets For Votes
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Israeli law prohibits anyone from promising spiritual reward, blessings, health, or wealth in exchange for voting for a particular political party or threatening spiritual harm, excommunication, early death or other maladies if the wrong party is voted for. The law...

December 17, 2014: Haredim Get 60% More State Benefits Than Other Groups But Are Still Poor
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
While households across all Israeli population groups are suffering financially, the new State of the Nation report issued by the Taub Center for Social Policy has found that haredim get 60% more in state benefits than any other group. Haredim...

December 17, 2014: Clay Seals Found That Help Prove Kings David And Solomon Existed, Mississippi Archeologists Say
Comments: 4 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
However, the seals do not mention either biblical king by name, and what they appear to prove is only that there was some type of government functioning in the area at approximately 1000 BCE. Above and above right: One of...

December 16, 2014: Top Haredi Rabbi Forbids Women From Studying In Universities And Colleges, Even If Orthodox-Run
Comments: 63 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The 101-year-old leader of non-hasidic haredim, Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, has again ruled that it is forbidden for women to study in college or university – even Orthodox-run colleges and universities because the evil inclanation works through "opinionated" women to...

December 16, 2014: Israeli Arab Poverty Drops While Haredi Poverty Rises; Israel's Poverty Rate Third Highest In Developed World
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Israel now has the third-highest rate of poverty in the developed world. (Only Mexico and Chile are worse.) A large part of of Israel's poverty rate comes from the Arab and haredi communities, which are poor in large part due...

December 16, 2014: Hanukkah Was Originally Named "Orot"
Comments: 43 | Categories: Hanukkah , History , Israel , Religion
Hanukkah was originally called "Orot" ("Lights"). And guess what it commemorated and celebrated… Above: A menorah on a Hasmonean coin Hanukkah was originally called "Orot" ("Lights") and celebrated and commemmorated the resuption of Temple sacrifices after the Hasmoneans (Maccabees) captured...

December 16, 2014: Israel Police Raid Homes Of Racist Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Group, Arrest 10
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel Police raided the houses of 10 activists of the right-wing racist neo-Kahanist Lehava organization this morning, including the home of Lehava’s chairman, Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein, and arrested all 10 men. Above: Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein Israel Police Raid Homes Of...

December 16, 2014: Haredi Modesty Squad Members Beat Secular Runner In Jerusalem
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A young secular Israeli fresh out of IDF service went for a run in Jerusalem earlier this week and was allegedly beaten by haredi modesty squad members who kicked him, punched him and hit him with an iron chain. Above:...

December 16, 2014: 2,800-Year-Old Farmhouse Found In Israel
Comments: 2 | Categories: History , Israel
“The farm, which is extraordinarily well-preserved, extends across an area of 30 × 40 meters [98.5 feet x 131 feet] and was built in the eighth century BCE, the time of the Assyrian conquest.…" Above and above right: Aerial photograph...

December 15, 2014: Video: Haredi Supporters Of Shas Leader Break Into, Disrupt, Press Conference Of Shas Party's New Rival
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
In front reporters and with dozens of television cameras rolling, several supporters of the chairman of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, Aryeh Deri, broke into a press conference in the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem where Deri’s archrival, Eli Yishai, was...

December 15, 2014: Three Sefardi Haredi Members Of The Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Lehava Organization Indicted For Torching Jewish-Arab School
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Three smirking and laughing members of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Lehava organization were indicted today for the hate crime arson of a Jewish-Arab Jerusalem school, the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School. Three Sefardi Haredi Members Of The Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Lehava Organization Indicted...

December 15, 2014: People Who Vote For Haredi Political Parties Have The Blood Of All Terror Victims On Their Hands, Satmar Rebbe Says
Comments: 47 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
The blood of all Jewish terror victims past and future is stained on the hands of anyone who votes for haredi political parties in the March 17 Israeli Knesset elections, the Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Ahron Teitelbaum said Saturday...

December 15, 2014: New Study Finds Oldest Regular Use Of Fire May Have Begun 350,000 Years Ago – In Israel
Comments: 15 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The world’s oldest regular domestication of fire may have taken place 350,000 years ago in a cave in what is now modern day northern Israel, a new study has found. But it could also have taken place in a central...

December 14, 2014: Acting Through It’s Haredi Rabbinic Proxy, Government Refuses To Allow Women Of The Wall To Light Hanukkah Candles At Kotel
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
In another stunning and clear violation of a court order, the haredi rabbi of the Kotel (Western Wall) Shmuel Rabinowitz has forbidden Women of the Wall (WoW) from lighting Hanukkah candles at the holy site. Above: Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz (also...

December 14, 2014: Left-Wing Rabbis Group Denied Nonprofit Status By Government Of Israel
Comments: 23 | Categories: Israel
The left-wing group Rabbis for Human Rights was denied nonprofit status by Israel’s Tax Authority, even though the group apparently meets all of the legal criteria for nonprofit status. Left-Wing Rabbis Group Denied Nonprofit Status By Government Of Israel Shmarya...

December 12, 2014: Israeli Film About An Agunah And Israel’s Oppressive Rabbinical Courts Nominated For Golden Globe Award
Comments: 0 | Categories: Film , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Israeli Film About An Agunah And Israel’s Oppressive Rabbinical Courts Nominated For Golden Globe Award Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" was...

December 12, 2014: Chief Rabbi Blocks Ordination Exam Reform At Last Minute As Candidates Forced To Wait Up To 2 Years For Exam Results
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
As wannabee rabbis wait up to two years to find out if they've passed an ordination exam, Israel's haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi blocks reform. Above: Haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau Chief Rabbi Blocks Ordination Exam Reform At...

December 11, 2014: Arsonists Who Burned Jewish-Arab Jerusalem School Members Of Right-Wing Haredi-Zionist Orthodox Racist Extremist Organization, Shin Bet Says
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The racist thugs who allegedly set a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem on fire 12 days ago and smeared anti-Arab and pro-Kahane slogans on its walls have been identified by Israel’s Internal Security Service commonly known as the Shin Bet as...

December 11, 2014: Haredim Stage Protest Against Yeshiva That Teaches Math And Physical Education
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
About 25 haredim protested outside the house of the yeshiva's founder and rosh yeshiva (dean). They screamed "traitor" and promised to continue protesting against the school – in fact, they reportedly promised to protest in front of Bombach’s home again...

December 11, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi Community Allegedly Harasses, Bullies Sefardi Family, Forces Them To Flee City
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The Ashkenazi haredi grammar school Talmud Torah Zichron Gavriel in Zichron Yaakov reopened Wednesday – but without the two Sefardi boys who had earlier been denied admission and then, once finally admitted, were harassed and bullied. The absence of the...

December 10, 2014: In Last Act Before Self-Dissolution, Israel’s Lawmakers Vote To Imprison Black African Asylum Seekers To Preserve “Jewish Character” Of The State
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , Refugees , Religion
The law allows Israel to detain African asylum seekers – almost every one of them blacks from Eritrea and Southern Sudan – without a trial or judicial hearing for 3 months in closed “detention centers” the rest of the world...

December 10, 2014: Stop Public Bus Companies From Violating Shabbat, Chief Rabbi Tells Government
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Concerned that public desecration of Shabbat is on the rise, the haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi David Lau sent a letter to Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz of the Likud Party and Religious Services, Economy and Diaspora Minister...

December 10, 2014: No More Forced Gender Segregation At Funerals, Israeli Court Says
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s official state-funded and almost always haredi-controlled hevra kadishas (burial societies) can no longer force mourners to gender segregate at funerals, the Jerusalem District Court has provisionally ruled. Above: Illegal gender segregation signs in Jerusalem's Givat Ram cemetery in 2013...

December 9, 2014: Jewish West Bank Settlers Smash Windshields Of Arab Vehicles As Israeli Cops Look On And Do Nothing To Stop Them
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal
This unequal and blatantly discriminatory enforcement of the law is what the world sees, and it is through this lens, a lens of racist violence and thuggery of Israel’s own making, that Israel is most often viewed – judged. Two...

December 9, 2014: Haredim Skirt Law In Order To Make Getting Married More Difficult For Secular Israelis
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“Instead of welcoming the change in the law and making things easier for couples registering for marriage, the [haredi controlled chief] rabbinate [of Israel] is creating bureaucratic difficulties which have no justification administratively or in Jewish law.” And secular Israelis...

December 9, 2014: Video: Witness Says Cop Was Sleeping When Stabbing Took Place, Slow To Respond
Comments: 28 | Categories: Antisemitism , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A witness to the stabbing attack last night in Chabad's main synagogue in its international headquarters in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York says cops stationed outside the synagogue, located at 770 Eastern Parkway, were sleeping when the...

December 9, 2014: Video: Yeshiva Student Stabbed In Chabad’s Main Brooklyn Synagogue
Comments: 16 | Categories: Antisemitism , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Israel
At approximately 1:45 am EST, a person described as a black male reportedly entered the synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and stabbed the student, who was reportedly standing near the bima (prayer lectern) praying at...

December 8, 2014: Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles Known As The “Crowns Of Damascus”
Comments: 1 | Categories: Books , History , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Two decades after the Mossad smuggled a group of ancient Hebrew Bibles from Syria to Israel, a member of the Syrian Jewish community wants them back and has threatened to sue to get them. Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles...

December 8, 2014: Hiddush To AG: Prosecute Modesty Squad Head Who Threatened Haredi Women
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Hiddush, an Israeli nonprofit that advocates for the freedom of and from religion and the separation of religion and state, urged Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open an investigation into haredi modesty squad head Rabbi Mordechai Blau after Blau...

December 8, 2014: Government Gives Haredi And Zionist Orthodox Schools Much More Money Per Student Than Secular Jewish Public Schools, Arab Public Schools
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Details on exactly how much money various school systems in Israel get from the Education Ministry were made public last week, and they show discrimination – in favor of haredi schools and Zionist Orthodox schools and against secular public schools...

December 7, 2014: Israel Antiquities Authority Catches Accused Dead Sea Antiquities Thieves Red Handed
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , History , Israel
Inspectors of the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery of the Israel Antiquities Authority were called to the scene and they placed the cave under surveillance utilizing observation and photographic equipment. The suspects were observed in the cave carrying...

December 7, 2014: Arrests – Apparently Of Jewish Extremists – Made In Arson Hate Crime Against Jewish-Arab School In Jerusalem
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal
The arson took place the night of December 29. Anti-Arab slogans – including “Death to Arabs,” "There's no coexisting with cancer," "Enough assimilation," and “Kahane was right” – were painted on the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School in Jerusalem and the...

December 7, 2014: Haredi Women Who Do Not Vote For Official Haredi Political Party Will Be Excommunicated And Their Children Expelled From Haredi Schools, A Senior Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 65 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Mordechai Blau, a senior member of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ), said today that every woman must vote for UTJ in the upcoming elections. Those who do not do so should in effect be excommunicated and...

December 7, 2014: Controversial Former IDF Chief Rabbi Accused Of Spying For Naftali Bennett To Run For Knesset
Comments: 1 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Avichai Rontzki (sometimes spelled without the “t”) was forced out as the IDF’s chief rabbi in 2010 after repeatedly attempting force religion on secular soldiers. During the Gaza War last summer, Rontzki was accused of using his status as...

December 6, 2014: Most Israelis Want Netanyahu Out As Prime Minister, Do Not Want Government That Includes Haredi Parties
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A new poll conducted by the prestigious Smith Institute for the Israeli Hiddush freedom of and from religion advocacy nonprofit shows that 62% of Israeli Jews of all affiliations and levels of religious observance or nonobservance do not want haredi...

December 6, 2014: Thousands Of Haredi Women Demand Haredi Political Parties Add Female Candidates To Their All-Male Knesset Lists
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Under the slogan "no votes without representation,” approximately 3,000 mostly haredi and Orthodox Israeli women have called for haredi women to boycott haredi political parties until they put women on their election lists – something haredi political and rabbinic leaders...

December 5, 2014: Israel Air Force Haredi Program Inducts “Most Haredi” Class Ever, IDF Says
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The government and the IDF have consistently over-counted the number of haredi enlistees by counting ex-haredim, recent ba’al teshuvas, converts, right-wing Zionist Orthodox, and traditional Sefardim as haredim. But in reality, very few actual haredim enlist, and the IDF admits...

December 5, 2014: Zionist Orthodox University Admits Discriminating Against Non-Orthodox Students
Comments: 2 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
Bar Ilan University, Israel’s Zionist Orthodox rough equivalent of New York’s Yeshiva University, has been accused of discriminating against non-Orthodox students in housing – and the university has essentially admitted that claim is true, but says that discrimination is justified....

December 4, 2014: Bobov Succession War Continues
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Turf Disputes
An Israeli court has just ruled today that an Israeli beit headed by Rabbi Avrohom Dov Levin could have taken bribes to rule in favor of Bobov 45, the faction that lost the American beit din ruling and immediately accused...

December 4, 2014: Zionist Orthodox MK Says It’s Wrong To Rely Only On God, Israel Prize Winner Objects Because Children Will Hear
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
"A leader must have rational considerations…I want to say something to people who think God works for us…We try to put logic into God and assign roles to him, but God does not have the figure of a man, either...

December 4, 2014: Two Vizhnitz Hasidim Arrested For Draft Dodging
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Two Vizhnitz hasidim have been been arrested for draft dodging and one of them is from a prominent Vizhnitz family. Two Vizhnitz Hasidim Arrested For Draft Dodging Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Two Vizhnitz hasidim have been been arrested for draft...

December 4, 2014: Satmar Offers To Bribe Israelis: Don’t Vote In Upcoming Election And We’ll Pay You $100
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Satmar, the vehemently anti-Zionist hasidic sect, has offered to pay $100 to every Israeli of voting age who does not vote in the upcoming Knesset elections, currently tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2015. Satmar Offers To Bribe Israelis: Don’t Vote...

December 4, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi School Closed For Discriminating Against Sefardi Kids Whose Father Uses A 'Non-Kosher' Cellphone
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Ashkenazi haredim – especially many hasidic groups – have long objected to having Sefardim study alongside their children, and they have repeatedly violated the law to ensure their ‘pure’ children are not ‘contaminated’ by Sefardim. In this new case, the...

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