Little girls were repeatedly spit on, yelled at and threatened by adult haredi males who called them "whores," "harlots" and "trollops" and who chased the little girls as they tried to flee these screaming haredim. All the girls wanted to do was go to school – which, unfortunately, was located on the border of a haredi neighborhood of Beit Shemesh.
8-year-old Na'ama Margolese
The haredi media often has great difficulty in reporting facts that are incriminating and that make the haredi community look bad.
Today, we have a prime example of this from Yeshiva World's semi-literate American born and raised Israel correspondent, who turns haredi assaults on defenseless little girls into an anti-haredi media conspiracy:
The spitting incident by a chareidi male against a young girl in the Orot Girl’s School in Beit Shemesh led to a national stir. It was that unfortunate and unacceptable event that boosted Yair Lapid according to many, leading to his spiraling popularity and election victory. Dov Lipman and others gained considerable public notoriety as result of the dispute surrounding the Orot Girl’s School, a Dati Leumi Torani school in Beit Shemesh run by Saalei Torah.
The chareidi community was vilified in the media and zealots in the chareidi community used it to continue attacks against their unwanted dati leumi neighbors.
Now, two years later the case is being closed after the prosecutor informed the court the sides agree to close the case and move on. The state was not interested in pursuing criminal charges in the matter.
One of the people who feel Lapid’s election success began with his hate campaign against the chareidim based on the infamous spitting incident is demanding an apology from Finance Minister Yair Lapid. “I call on Lapid to apologize to the chareidi tzibur or close down his party which was established on the back of his incident” MK Rav Moshe Gafne stated.
Yahadut Hatorah [i.e., the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party] colleague Meir Porush added the chareidi community has been the target of an anti-Semitic hate campaign for the past two years as a result. “Now we see they made a mountain of a molehill. In a civilized nation the media would have been sued already after targeting an entire community in vain. Therefore, if the Israeli media has a minimum of fairness and impartiality it must apologize for the incitement and defamatory campaign against the chareidi community.”
The facts are that this young girl, Na'ama Margolese, had just turned 8-years-old at the time of the attacks. She and other schoolmates were repeatedly spit on, yelled at and threatened by adult haredi males who called them "whores," "harlots" and "trollops" and who chased the little girls as they tried to flee these screaming haredim. All the girls wanted to do was go to school – which, unfortunately, was located on the border of a haredi neighborhood of Beit Shemesh.Police under the control of Beit Shemesh's corrupt haredi mayor, Moshe Abutbol – who just rode to a narrow reelection win on what appears to be a wave massive haredi voter fraud currently under investigation by national police – did nothing to protect the girls.Rabbi Dov Lipman and group of Modern Orthodox and Zionist Orthodox parents were forced to form watch groups to escort the girls to and from school, guiding them through and around small mobs of screaming, spitting haredim.Mainstream haredi leaders did not publicly (or even privately in most cases) condemn the attacks on those little girls and did nothing to stop them from happening.Those are the facts.The attacks only stopped when a national TV news magazine aired a report on them and the nation was riveted by that 8-year-old terrified girl – and was disgusted by the haredi violence against her and her schoolmates and by the corrupt haredi Shas Party mayor of Beit Shemesh and his henchmen.That almost two years later Israel's traditionally weak and inefficient state prosecutors did what they could do to cause the case to be dropped is not a vindication of haredim.It is, however, an indictment of a legal system that all to often coddles criminals who have political backing and who crimes are carried out against the weak and powerless.