Ef­fi­gies of IDF Charedim ‘lynched’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY IS­ABEL DE BERTODANO

PO­LICE THIS week re­moved ef­fi­gies of Or­tho­dox sol­diers that had been hung from build­ings in a Charedi neigh­bour­hood of Jerusalem.

The dum­mies, which had nooses round their necks, could be seen dan­gling above streets in Meah Shearim dur­ing Purim last week­end.

They were re­port­edly put up by mem­bers of Eida Ha­haredit, an ex­trem­ist Charedi group that re­fuses to recog­nise the state of Is­rael and op­poses Or­tho­dox en­list­ment in the mil­i­tary.

One dummy had a sign read­ing “hardak” — mean­ing “sim­ple-minded” — stuck to it.

Po­lice said they would “take a hard line in in­ves­ti­gat­ing this in­ci­dent”.

Ye­huda Meshi Za­hav, the leader of Or­tho­dox res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion Zaka, said ex­trem­ists had given the en­tire com­mu­nity a bad name.

“It be­gan with sham­ing and has now come to this,” he told Arutz Sheva news. “This is a dis­grace­ful act. The Charedim who en­list are risk­ing their lives for the peo­ple of Is­rael.”

Charedim were legally ex­empt from serv­ing so they could study To­rah. How­ever, in 2014 the Knes­set passed a law that crim­i­nalised yeshivah stu­dents who evade army ser­vice, and a num­ber of new all-Charedi units have been formed to al­low sol­diers to main­tain their tra­di­tions while serv­ing in the mil­i­tary.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES (S)

One of the dum­mies hung above the streets of Meah Shearim last week­end

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