Israel's Zionist Orthodox Jews overwhelmingly believe the Douma (Duma) arson-murders of a Palestinian baby and his sleeping parents is being misused to attack the Zionist Orthodox community, and more than a third believe the arson-murders was carried out by Palestinians, not Zionist Orthodox Hilltop Youth settlers.
News Analysis: Israel's Infantilized Zionist-Orthodoxy And The "Wedding Dance Of Hate"
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Even the video of Hilltop Youth dancing at a Kahanist wedding as they cheered the Douma (Duma) arson-murders and waved machine guns, knives and a molotov cocktail in the air hasn't changed their minds.
36% of Israel's Zionist Orthodox Jews believe the arson-murders of a Palestinian baby and his sleeping parents in the West Bank Palestinian village of Douma in July was carried out by "Arabs," a new poll conducted for Army Radio and released today has found, the Jerusalem Post reported.
78% also say they believe the Douma murders are being misused to attack the Zionist Orthodox community, while 79% say they believe the media has focused disproportionately on the Douma arson-murders and alleged Jewish terrorism compared to how it covers Palestinian terrorism.
Zionist Orthodoxy has for decades minimized both the severity and proportion of the purportedly fringe elements in its midst and has repeatedly opted to believe wild conspiracy theories – the Shin Bet did the crime or set it in motion, not the Kahanist settlers, not the followers of Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh – rather than believe the truth: there are a substantial and growing number of violent thugs spawned on the hilltops near West Bank Jewish settlements and in radical West Bank settlements like Yitzhar and Kfar Tapuach.
As the settlements and conquering every bit of the biblical Land of Israel replaced earlier Zionist Orthodox theology after the Six Day War – a process that was speeded up by the election of Menachem Begin, Israel's first right-wing prime minister, in the mid 1970s – Zionist Orthodoxy has grown increasing right-wing. It has grown much less introspective and far less pragmatic, largely because more moderate voices have been pushed out of leadership roles or died.
But make no mistake about it. The Hilltop Youth and the hate crime spree and Jewish terrorism cell it allegedly spawned could not have flourished without the apathy and inattentional blindness of mainstream Zionist Orthodox leaders and rabbis.
Attempts at moderation by Zionist Orthodox rabbis have largely been contained to finding ways to make the lives of non-Orthodox Israelis easier vis-a-vis their interactions with Israel's state rabbinate, which is haredi controlled. Even the rabbis letter released last week supporting the Shin Bet was signed by a relatively small number of rabbis – 47 at last count. Of those who signed, almost all are well-known moderates affiliated with the Tzohar rabbinical organization. The only outlier, Rabbi Avichai Rontzki, is a former chief rabbi of the IDF who is a strong supporter of the security services, including the Shin Bet.
Too little has been done by Zionist Orthodoxy to combat the extremists in its midst.
This new poll helps shine a light on why that is.