Dozens Of Haredim Desecrate Holocaust Memorial Day In Jerusalem; More Do So Elsewhere Around The Country
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Much of the haredi community does not recognize Israel’s official Holocaust Remembrance Day, which this year began last night at sunset and ends at sunset today.
Another year has passed and, just like what has taken place over the past several years, the Times of Israel reports that some haredim in Israel found ways to publicly disrespect Holocaust Memorial Day which is supposed to be marked with solemn memorial events and ceremonies.
Under Israeli law, restaurants and public recreation sites are closed the night of Holocaust Memorial Day.
But in Jerusalem, dozens of haredim were seen staging public barbecues last night in Gan Sacher park, violating a law against holding public celebrations and feasts on Holocaust Memorial Day.
“Remembrance Day is your event, not ours. If you keep Shabbat then we will mark your events,” a haredi man reportedly told Walla! News. Another haredi celebrant reportedly tried to justify his barbecue by claiming that secular people often have barbecues on Shabbat, and for haredim, this is a desecration of Shabbat.
In the northern city of Beit She’an, 100 haredi yeshiva students held a festive barbecue near a memorial for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of the Holocaust.
Police found two busloads of 14-17 year-old students from the haredi Or Baroch Yeshiva and their teachers celebrating after completing a hike in the Jordan Park area.
Police detained two of the teachers and dispersed everyone else.
Sources in the yeshiva reportedly told the haredi news website Kikar HaShabbat that barbecue was not a good idea – not because it is wrong to desecrate Holocaust Memorial Day in country with the most Holocaust survivors in the world, but because the media lays in wait to pounce on haredim who do so.
“The [yeshiva’s] administration should have considered a million times over before doing a hike like this; it is a disgrace. Don’t they know that the media are waiting for them everywhere?”
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