5,973 posts categorized "Israel"

September 1, 2014: Riot Erupts Over Beit Shemesh School Cut In Half By City For Haredim
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Turf Disputes
Israel’s school year began today and secular parents in the secular/haredi battleground of Beit Shemesh and teachers in the secular public school the parents' children attend went on strike to protest the haredi-controlled city’s last minute decision to cut their...

September 1, 2014: Hasidic Rebbe Clarifies Ban On Answering IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
The rosh yeshiva (dean) of the Slonim hasidic yeshiva has reportedly issued a clarification of the ruling issued last week by the Slonimer Rebbe, who forbade yeshiva students from answering IDF draft notices and reporting to IDF induction centers to...

August 31, 2014: Report: Wide-Ranging Criminal Indictment To Be Filed Against Former Haredi Chief Rabbi
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested in November on fraud, embezzlement bribery, money laundering and breach of public trust charges and stepped down as chief rabbi shortly afterward. Above: Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger Report: Wide-Ranging Criminal Indictment...

August 31, 2014: Haredi 'Elders' Protest IDF
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredim billed the protest as the “demonstration of the 70 elders.” Posters and flyers advertising it reportedly called the Government of Israel the “regime of destruction” and said it wanted to test the haredi community by judging its response to...

August 31, 2014: Did Israel Do Enough To Find Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student?
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
"Not enough was done from the very beginning. Not enough attention was paid to the disappearance of Aaron. So I want to say to the Israeli government: treat Aaron as if he were an Israeli soldier missing. Because we know...

August 30, 2014: Israel High School Teachers Warn Of Increased Racism In Wake Of Gaza War
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel
Teachers discussed “what to do when students say ‘Death to Arabs’ – which they do frequently – and we gave each other the benefit of our experience. We talked about giving the students the knowledge they lack – such as,...

August 29, 2014: What Killed Haredi Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer? Likely That He Did Not Own A Cellphone
Comments: 63 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
What killed Aaron Sofer might have been two things – inadequate preparation to hike though the forest, which is smaller than New York City’s Central Park but more rugged, and the lack of a cellphone. Above: Aarob Sofer, a"h What...

August 29, 2014: No Foul Play In Haredi Yeshiva Student’s Death, Police Believe
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld also said Sofer’s body, which was found yesterday, was in the same area of the Jerusalem Forest where he went missing last Friday. Above: Aaron Sofer No Foul Play In Haredi Yeshiva Student’s Death, Police Believe...

August 29, 2014: Only Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach Is Left To Speak For God, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
"…All of Yiddishkeit depends on [the survival of HaPeles]! It is a clear and simple thing, and whoever does not understand this is just mindless! [Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach] speaks in the name of God through this newspaper! He is the...

August 28, 2014: Rabbinical Court Judges Chastised For Making Deal With Haredi Fixer In Divorce Case
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The official state Jerusalem Regional Rabbinical Court reportedly forced a woman to meet privately with her violent and abusive husband against her will. The rabbi-judges apparently made the move after haredi fixers taking the side of the husband visited them...

August 28, 2014: Top Haredi Rabbis Say Seminaries Linked To Alleged Sex Abuser Now Safe
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Top American haredi rabbis and rosh yeshivas Avrohom Chaim Levin (Telz, Chicago), Aharon Feldman (Ner Israel), Aharon Schechter (Chaim Berlin), Malkiel Kotler (Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood), and Yaakov Perlow (the Novominsker Rebbe) – in other words, most of the top...

August 28, 2014: UPDATED: Body Of Missing Yeshiva Student Found
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Earlier today, Israel Police found the body of Aaron Sofer, the missing haredi yeshiva student. Israel Police found a body today they believe is Aaron Sofer, the missing haredi yeshiva student, the Jerusalem Post reported. No further details are yet...

August 28, 2014: Another Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested For Draft-Dodging
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Another haredi draft-dodger yeshiva student, 21-year-old Yinon Avitan, was arrested by IDF police at his Jerusalem home early Monday morning. More than 600 17-year-old haredim alone could now be dodging the draft. Above: file photo Another Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested...

August 27, 2014: Video: Siblings Of Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student Speak Out
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Two siblings and one brother-in-law of haredi yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest Friday, speak briefly to the media. Aaron Sofer is 23-years-old and is described as being 1.75 meters (5’9”) tall, lean build, and...

August 27, 2014: Haredim And The IDF: Don't Call Them Our Soldiers
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A haredi letter-writer from Beit Shemesh chastises the haredi newspaper Hamodia because it called IDF soldiers fighting in Gaza "our forces" – a euphamism likely meant to avoid using the hated term "IDF." But the letter-writer isn't upset for any...

August 27, 2014: Haredi Kabbalist Says Government “Killed” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“Maran [our supreme spiritual leader] died in sanctification of God’s name [“al Kiddush Hashem;” i.e., as a martyr]. We all saw his pain over the evil decree to draft haredi Torah students and how it affected his heart, eventually leading...

August 26, 2014: Hasidic Rebbe Tells Yeshiva Students To Ignore IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
War or no war, rocket fire or no rocket fire, cease fire or no cease fire, haredim still refuse to serve in Israel’s military. An example of that mass draft-dodging was made clear again today when a hasidic rebbe ordered...

August 26, 2014: Police Find Personal Items Of Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Israel Police have found personal items belong to Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old haredi yeshiva student from Lakewood, New Jersey, who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest Friday. Police Find Personal Items Of Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

August 26, 2014: Public HMOs In Bnei Brak Caught With Illegal Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Three HMOs in the predominantly haredi city of Bnei Brak have modesty signs posted urging patients to wear haredi-acceptable dress. The signs are illegal and are also a violation of a specific directive issued by the Ministry of Health. Above:...

August 25, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Student Still Missing; Family Criticizes Search, Asks For IDF Involvement
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
“A physically, mentally and emotionally healthy young man does not go missing for 72 hours.The family is not satisfied with the way the search and rescue operation has been handled thus far. It’s well known that a murder took place...

August 25, 2014: 4 Minors Arrested For Anti-Arab Hate Crime
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , Xenophobia
On August 18, a café in the village was reportedly set on fire, and Hebrew graffiti reading “Nekama!” ("Revenge!") was painted on it. Above: Right wing protesters carrying a sign calling for revenge , July 2014, Jerusalem (file photo) 4...

August 25, 2014: Use Of Undercover Cops, Water Cannon And Mounted Police Controls Violent Haredi Protest
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The arrests of nine haredi rioters at last Sunday’s violent protest against the draft of haredi yeshiva students were carried out in what is supposed to be an unusual way for Israeli police – through undercover police officers dressed as...

August 24, 2014: Disproportionality In War And Israel’s Targeted Killings Of Terrorists
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
Daniel Reyzner – an attorney who specializes in international law and who is the former head of the Israel Defense Forces International Law Department – explains (at least in part) the legality of targeted killings of terrorists and how the...

August 24, 2014: Israel’s High Schools Bastions Of Racism, New Israeli Book Claims
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
“For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand. I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice....

August 24, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Student Sill Missing As Fears For His Safety Mount
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Cars with loudspeakers drove through parts of Jerusalem on Shabbat to announce Sofer’s disappearance and to urge haredim to immediately contact rescue services or police if they knew anything about his whereabouts. Above: Aaron Sofer Haredi Yeshiva Student Sill Missing...

August 24, 2014: Video: The Fight For Missing Multimillionaire Guma Aguiar's Money Continues
Comments: 4 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal
The family of millionaire Guma Aguiar, who went missing on his boat off Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June 2012, appeared in court Friday to battle over parts of his $100 million fortune. Aguiar, who suffered from bipolar disorder and had...

August 24, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Student Missing In Jerusalem Forest
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old haredi yeshiva student, went missing in the Beit Zayit area of the Jerusalem Forest Friday at approximate noon, sparking a large manhunt. He is still missing. Above: Aaron ben Chuldah Sofer Haredi Yeshiva Student Missing In...

August 23, 2014: Video: Israeli Air Strike Collapses Gaza City 48-Unit Apartment Building
Comments: 67 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
An Israeli air strike collapsed a 48-unit apartment building in Gaza City today. Here's video. According to the AP and Ha'aretz, Israel claims a Hamas command center was located in this building but it could not or did not explain...

August 22, 2014: Haredi Rebel Leader Rules That Haredim Must Donate To Failing Faction Newspaper Rather Than To The Faction’s Yeshivas Or Other Charities
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Non-hasidic haredi rebel faction leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach reportedly told followers through a surrogate that donating to his faction’s failing newspaper, HaPeles, must take precedence over keeping charity pledges made to his faction’s kollels (yeshivas for married haredim), buying or...

August 22, 2014: 4-Year-Old Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Hamas Rocket And Mortar Attacks
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
Israel has been under heavy rocket and mortar fire from Gaza over the past 24 hours. There have been several injuries, at least one serious, and now one death – a four-year-old child from Shaar HaNegev. Israel has been under...

August 22, 2014: Ubiquitous Ads Promising Prayers By Sefardi Kabbalist In Exchange For Donations To Chabad-Linked Anti-Missionary Charity Ruled Illegal
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The ubiquitous ads for the haredi Yad L’achim anti-missionary anti-intermarriage organization featuring Rabbi Yehiel Abuhatzeira have been ruled illegal. Above: Rabbi Yehiel Abuhatzeira Ubiquitous Ads Promising Prayers By Sefardi Kabbalist In Exchange For Donations To Chabad-Linked Anti-Missionary Charity Ruled Illegal...

August 21, 2014: Government To Cut Funding To Noncompliant Haredi Schools
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Unless someone blinks, many haredi yeshivas in Israel are about to lose all or much of their state funding – unless they start teaching math, science, English and other core subjects. Yeshiva World reports: In line with the policies of...

August 21, 2014: Request By Guilty Eliyahu Weinstein Associate To Travel To Israel Denied
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A judge almost allowed Alex Schleiderto travel to Israel this month for his niece's wedding. But in the end, she didn't. Above: Alex Schleider Please click to enlarge: Related Posts: Schleider Pleads Guilty, To Be Sentenced In September. All Alex...

August 21, 2014: US-Israel Relations Continue To Worsen After US Accuses Israel Of Targeting For Arrest Members Of Murdered Palestinian Boy’s Family
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim , Terrorism , Xenophobia
The deputy spokeswoman for the US Department of State charged yesterday that Israel was targeting members of the family of the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped and gruesomely murdered by a band of haredi and ex-haredi...

August 21, 2014: Rare Divorce Ruling Frees Woman Trapped In Jewish Marriage
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Wednesday, a state rabbinic court dissolved a woman’s marriage on the grounds of mekah ta’ut - fraud. If she had known about her husband's history of mental illness, she likely would not have married him in the first place. Rare...

August 20, 2014: Hamas Warns Airlines It Will Target Ben Gurion Airport Beginning At 6 AM
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
Hamas has issued a warning to international airlines that it will begin targeting Ben Gurion International Airport at 6:00 am Israel Time. More than 140 rockets and other projectiles have been fired at Israel from Gaza today. Hamas Words Airlines...

August 20, 2014: Haredim Riot In Jerusalem Against Draft, IDF – Despite Gaza Shooting War
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Hundreds of haredim from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic haredi rebel fraction filled Jerusalem’s Shabbat Square late this afternoon to protest the military draft of haredi yeshiva students and against even voluntary enlistment in the IDF – despite the fact that...

August 20, 2014: Haredim To Hold Anti-Draft Protest Today, Despite War
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Missiles may be flying and Israel’s security services and police may be on high terrorism alert, but haredim are still planning to stage a large anti-draft protest in Jerusalem today, anyway. Above: file photo; haredim stone police in Mea Shearim...

August 20, 2014: Baruch Dayan HaEmet: IDF Corporal David Menachem Gordon
Comments: 20 | Categories: Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Corporal David Menachem Gordon, a 21-year-old Israeli soldier from the US who went missing over the weekend and was then found dead near his base, wrote a piece last year about being sexually abused as a child. Above: Corporal David...

August 20, 2014: Israel Busts Mob-Connected Organ Trafficking Ring
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Med-Ethics
The ring allegedly ran an extensive trafficking network that preyed on vulnerable poor people (who appear to have been predominantly females) who sold their own organs out of desperation – and frequently only after being coerced and threatened by the...

August 19, 2014: Despite Missiles From Gaza, Haredim Riot Against Serving In The IDF
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Despite the newly-resumed large scale rocket fire from Gaza, and despite the fact that IDF airmen and women were flying combat missions while IDF units prepare for a possible invasion of Gaza, haredim took to the streets to of Jerusalem...

August 19, 2014: A Note On The End Of The Cease Fire, The Collapse Of Truce Talks, And What It Likely Means For Israeli Society
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Rants / Editorials , Religion
As you know, several Grad rockets were fired into Israel this morning from Gaza, ending the cease fire many hours prematurely and Israel responded by hitting several terrorist target in Gaza. This could mean Israel will face a prolonged war...

August 19, 2014: State Rabbinic Court Refuses To Hear Testimony From Females, Including Wife, In Divorce Case
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The judges asked the woman’s husband to leave the courtroom. After he left, they asked the woman’s attorney how many witnesses he planned to call. After he answered, the rabbi-judges asked on their own initiative without prompting, “Are your witnesses...

August 19, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Commander Begrudgingly Orders Troops To Watch Performance Of Band That Included Female Musicians
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"This is just for one song that I have no control over. I'm asking you to have patience. I've suffered from this enough over the last week. My wife can't listen to all of this poppycock either. I've seen great...

August 19, 2014: Gang Attacks And Almost Kills Eritrean Refugee In Tel Aviv
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , Xenophobia
An Israel Police officer saved the life of a 23-year-old Eritrean refugee who had been beaten unconscious and near death by a gang of youths in Tel Aviv. Gang Attacks And Almost Kills Eritrean Refugee In Tel Aviv Shmarya Rosenberg...

August 18, 2014: Report: All 3 Killers Of Arab Boy Come From Same Sefardi Haredi Family
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
All three killers of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir come from the same Jerusalem haredi family, and the lead killer's father is well-known Sefardi haredi rabbi and rosh yeshiva. Above: Yosef Haim Ben-David The Washington Post reports on the alleged killers...

August 18, 2014: Video: "Dump That Donkey!"
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal
Racist protesters from the racist neo-Kahanist Lehava organization shouted racist slurs and tried to rush the wedding hall where a Muslim-Jewish couple was celebrating their wedding. They also attacked a Ha'aretz photojournalist and caused other trouble. Ha'aretz reports: …Each guest...

August 18, 2014: Likud Interior Minister Allegedly Closed TA Supermarkets On Shabbat In Exchange For Haredi Votes For Presidential Candidate
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Member of Knesset Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua Party says he lost the runoff presidential election in Knesset earlier this year because of a deal Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar made with haredim – and that deal involved Saar closing the...

August 17, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Evicted By Secular Mayor For Teaching, Get This, Secular Subjects
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
It’s a twisted tale that could only happen in a country as twisted and confused as Israel often is. Hochmei Lev Yeshiva High School, a small one-year-old haredi yeshiva that combines regular yeshiva study with secular studies in a way...

August 17, 2014: Hundreds Of Haredim Protest, Riot Over Arrest Of Yeshiva Student Draft Dodger
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Even though Israel is still at war with with Hamas, hundreds of haredim from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic haredi rebel faction demonstrated, sometimes violently, last night against the arrest and imprisonment of a haredi draft dodger from Ashdod – which...

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