Charedi pa­per writes: ‘Please don’t kill us’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NATHAN JEF­FAY

A CHAREDI news­pa­per has sparked out­rage by ap­peal­ing in Ara­bic for ter­ror­ists to leave the strictly Ortho­dox alone.

“We, the Charedi pub­lic, have no in­ter­est in as­cend­ing the Tem­ple Mount at this time,” Mish­pacha mag­a­zine stated, re­spond­ing to Pales­tinian fury over Jewish vis­its to the mount, which is home to the Al-Aqsa mosque. The mes­sage was that while some rab­bis en­cour­age Jews to visit the mount, there is a “pro­hi­bi­tion” against Charedim go­ing un­til the Mes­sianic era. “So please, stop killing us,” said the ar­ti­cle.

Is­rael’s Deputy Defence Min­is­ter, Eli Ben-Da­han, re­sponded by par­o­dy­ing Ha­mas. “The re­sis­tance ac­cepts your re­quest not to mur­der Charedim, and asks for the ad­dresses of reli­gious Zion- ists and sec­u­lar peo­ple in or­der to mur­der them,” he wrote on his Face­book page.

Yosef Rabin, a right-wing ac­tivist who pro­motes vis­its to Tem­ple Mount, has called for a boy­cott of Mish­pacha.

Mish­pacha’s editor, Yossi El­i­tuv, said that the ap­peal was meant as a lit­er­ary de­vice to help process the cur­rent ten­sions from a Charedi view­point. He ad­mit­ted that this “wasn’t suc­cess­ful”.

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