"The whole country is alive and kicking with global displays of anti-Semitism. But the question is, how do we require nations of the world to eradicate anti-Semitism...when at home, here in the Jewish state, intolerable things happen like prying off mezuzahs and the desecration of synagogues?"
Above: Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses
Secular Schools Responsible For Synagogue Vandalism, Haredi Politician Claims
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Member of Knesset Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) lashed out at Israel’s state secular schools today in response to a vandalism attack on an Orthodox synagogue in Ra'anana last week, Arutz Sheva reported.
"The whole country is alive and kicking with global displays of anti-Semitism. But the question is, how do we require nations of the world to eradicate anti-Semitism...when at home, here in the Jewish state, intolerable things happen like prying off mezuzahs and the desecration of synagogues? A few days ago, a number of youths vandalized a synagogue in Ra'anana. They pried off mezuzahs and destroyed doors and furniture. Is this not a result of severe incitement [in the state school system] against the haredi community?" Moses asked the Knesset plenum today.
"The main question,” Moses continued, “is how the education system raised such bad apples as these, who can do such vile and despicable acts as these, which the nation of Israel suffered during the dark ages. The conclusion is that you must do a thorough overhaul," Moses insisted.
Three teens allegedly vandalized the synagogue by ripping mezuzahs off the doorposts, tearing their scrolls in half, and drawing swastikas and crosses on them in blood. The boys were arrested and will be prosecuted.
But not all crimes are treated equally by Moses and his haredi peers.
Last year, when two teens and one slightly older man, all from a prominent extended Sefardi haredi family (and one a current haredi yeshiva student at the time), kidnapped and murdered a 16-year-old Arab boy in East Jerusalem, savagely beating him and then setting him on fire while he was still alive, haredi leaders were quick to reject any claims that their educational system or theology had played any role the heinous crime.