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 Fly ISIS Flag In Israel To Protest Independence Day, IDF
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
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, Arutz Sheva reported.
Police were called but no arrests were made.
While the media often labels haredim who carry out these acts “extremists,” so-called mainstream haredi rabbis almost never publicly condemn them or confront them.
To celebrate Israel’s Independence Day today, strings of Israeli flags were hung by Zionist Orthodox and secular Israelis who live in the divided city. That move also drew the ire of some local haredim.
The flags should have been hung across Beit Shemesh by the city itself. But it did not do so, in part allegedly due to budgetary constraints largely caused by the growing and extremely poor haredi haredi community and its drain on the city budget. But it also did not hang the flags because some haredi react violently to them – violence Beit Shemesh’s haredi mayor refuses to confront, so the the city’s only flag-hanging was reportedly confined to the city entrance, far away from heavily haredi neighborhoods.
So a group of Zionist Orthodox and secular residents, most immigrants from English-speaking countries, banded together and paid for the strings of flags and larger flag banners to be hung in their own neighborhoods by private contractors.
"We are a Zionist Orthodox neighborhood. In this part of Beit Shemesh [hanging Israeli flags] should not be provocative at all. We live in Israel and we want to celebrate Independence Day and the flags add to the atmosphere. God bless the contractors in our neighborhood for donating themselves and their ladders. It was really a wonderful thing. The entire community - everybody who helped us - it was really great and everyone got involved,” Dr. Eve Finkelstein, who helped spearhead the flag-hanging project in the neighborhoods of Scheinfeld and Nofei Aviv, told Arutz Sheva.
"We put the flags between the two Anglo, Zionist Orthodox neighborhoods streaming across the road. We actually strung them in one case from one person's house high on the roof to across the street. We were worried they might get pulled down. They haven't been taken down, which I was surprised about actually,” Finkelstein said.
"We are mostly Anglos and we have made a choice to live here in Israel. Speaking as a dermatologist,” Finkelstein continued, “I can tell you it would be easier outside Israel. Yet, we don't want to leave.…When Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) comes up we want to celebrate. We want to have a party. There's no sign there's Yom HaAtzmaut [Independence Day] around our neighborhood. The nice thing about this is that the flags make us happy."
Finkelstein has a small Israeli flag on her car that she now sometimes removes before she drives through some haredi neighborhoods in the city after she once found her car broken into and the flag ripped to pieces. “You understand an Israeli flag in our neighborhood is like a Hamas flag in your neighborhood,” Finkelstein says a local told her after the incident.