Effigies of IDF Charedim ‘lynched’
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.
One of the dummies hung above the streets of Meah Shearim last weekend