Monday, September 16, 2019

More anti-Charedism at the Times of Israel

Rather than just being numb to it, one should see the signs. A recent article in the Times of Israel reported on the case of  a Uri Gilad, a teacher in Herzliya, who admitted to sexually abusing a 12-year-old student. Strangely, the court only fined him and ordered him to do community service, rather than putting him in prison as the prosecution requested.

The article goes on to mention another case:

In a separate case earlier this year, a teacher at a top school in the city of Rehovot was arrested on suspicion of molesting at least three of his female students. All of his alleged victims were 14 or 15 years old.

Then it lists yet another case:

Last month, a 26-year-old resident of the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Emmanuel was indicted for dozens of alleged sex offenses against underage girls. 

Notice how they slip the words "ultra-Orthodox" in there. Their method is sneaky. Rather than say that he is ultra-Orthodox, they imply it by describing his city as such.

Yet, for the two cases that appear to involve Chilonim, nothing about the perpetrators being Chilonim or being from Chiloni cities is mentioned. They don't say, from the Chiloni cities of Rehovot or Herzliya. The full article on the teacher from the "top school" in Rehovot (certainly TOA would never describe a Charedi school as such) doesn't specify that the teacher was Chiloni.

Question: why not just say, from the settlement of Emmanuel? And the answer: because the Israeli press seizes every opportunity to malign Charedim. Journalistic integrity goes out the window when it comes to Charedim.

Rehovot case

In a separate article on the Emmanuel case, TOA describes how the perpetrator used the Internet extensively to entrap victims, so I have to wonder if he was ultra-Orthodox as implied. He abused at least 45 girls aged 13 to 18 by posing as "a soldier, police officer, modeling agent, swimming coach or gynecologist." It's hard to imagine anyone that one would picture as "ultra-Orthodox" even knowing how to do this. On top of that, Emmanuel is a hardcore settlement town. It's not exactly Bene Brak or Kiryat Sefer or any kind of mainstream ultra-Orthodox city. It's a place for Zionists. TOA doesn't differentiate.

Also in the article, TOA lists another case:

Separately on Sunday, a 41-year-old modeling agent from central Israel was indicted on a number of sexual offenses against underage girls.
Prosecutors said Nir Sandler, a resident of Moshav Zeitan, used his position as head of his talent management firm, Passion Management, to abuse at least eight aspiring teenage models and actresses since 2013.
According to the charge sheet, Sandler told the girls the sex acts were part of the “professional training” that they needed to undergo in order to get acting or modeling jobs.

Once again, no mention that the offender was Chiloni or from a Chiloni city.  

Similarly, in 2018, TOA published an article on corruption in Emmanuel.

Once again, an "ultra-Orthodox" settlement. And the word "Chabad" appears in the article numerous times. 

A TOA article on convicted NY State Assembly leader Sheldon Silver mentions that he was "prominent in Orthodox Jewish circles in Manhattan’s Lower East Side."

An article on corruption and Netanya's deputy mayor is careful to give him the title of rabbi.

But articles about corrupt Chilonim don't say that they are Chilonim.

Why doesn't it say that a Chiloni employee from the Choloni government company in the Choloni city of Dimona was questioned on suspicions of corruption?

Here's another:

Bezeq CEO Stella Handler, who is being investigated in a major corruption probe involving the telecommunications giant, announced Monday she will step down in July.

Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that the Bezeq CEO is Chiloni, working at a Chiloni company. 

Same with an article on the mayor of Rishon Lezion and the corruption probe that led to his arrest. 

In December, Zur was among some 20 employees of the Rishon Lezion municipality arrested as part of the probe, known as Case 1803. Among those scooped up by police after a long investigation were also two parliamentary aides, contractors and businesspeople.

Nowhere does the article say that it's a Choloni city or that he isn't Orthodox. 

He was arrested with 20 people. What about them? If any of them were Orthodox Jews (or Jews who claim to be Orthodox), would the article have told us?

Care to wager?

The TOA's presentation of the corruption probe of the mayor of Hadera is particularly brazen. As far as I can tell, Tzvika Gendelman, a former brigadier general in the IDF, is not religious. Yet the photo that the TOA shares is one of him wearing a knitted yarmulka and shaking hands with Charedim.

These are not Charedim that have anything to do with the probe. But the casual reader doesn't know that. And one of them is Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the President of the Shas Torah Sages Council. He is not part of the probe, but TOA found a picture with him it just for the heck of it. Likely, Gendelman put on the yarmulka as Israeli politicians sometimes do when greeting senior rabbis. 

Here's the photo with the caption.

The text of the caption:

Hadera Mayor Tzvika Gendelman (L) meeting with Rabbi Shalom Cohen, President of the Shas Torah Sages Council, February 12, 2017. (Yaakov Cohen/Flash90)
So the reader sees the word corruption and sees next to it a photo of the head of Shas, long beards, black hats, the word Torah, and the word Sages as well as the non-religious mayor himself wearing a yarmulka. Unless you know his biography and the case, you'd think that the corruption probe concerns religious Jews. You wouldn't know that it concerns a former Israeli general because the TOA wouldn't be so sacrilegious as to mention that one of the high priests of militarism (the actual state religion) could ever do anything wrong.  

Here's his photo from his Wikipedia page:

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Here's a picture of him in court:

Hadera Mayor Zvi Gendelman arrives for extension of his remand at the Magistrate's Court in Rishon Letzion, June 4, 2018 (Flash90)

No yarmulka there.

Corruption is rampant in the Chillul Hashem causing state of israel. So says attorney Eliad Shraga of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, a nonprofit dedicated principally to fighting corruption in government. 
The Times of Israel: To what extent should we be worried about the level of corruption in the country overall? And what areas do you see as being the most problematic? 

Eliad Shraga: I don’t sleep at night. We have been in the business of fighting corruption for 28 years, and it has gotten worse. The cancer of corruption has spread everywhere — into the most intimate places of the State of Israel, even into the IDF with the submarine affair. Everywhere. Look how many mayors, MKs, ministers, presidents, prime ministers [have been caught up in it]. It’s all about money. You can’t say there is one clean, untainted sphere.
Yet, the Israeli press will give you the impression that Charedim are the primary culprits. Even the interview with Eliad Shraga that tells us corruption is everywhere spends much time on the scandals surrounding Shas Minister Deri. 

If you want to experience anti-Semitism of the kind your great-great-great grandparents saw in Europe, if you want to see anti-Semitic press, hatred of the Torah, blood libels, if you want to see lies, misrepresentations, and slander of religious people, then come to the state of israel. The hatred for religious Jews is so palpable there that one wonders if the souls of many Cholonim in Israel (certainly the staff of the Times of Israel) really are from the Erev Rav or something like that. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Last Battle

It should not be surprising that the current crisis over formation of a government comes down to Chilonim (not all) waging a war against the Charedim and the latter's desire to preserve traditional Judaism against that church of secular Zionism known as the army. For isn't that what Zionism has been about to a very large extent - rebellion against God and Torah? 
“The war was definitely not a jihad or a religious war on the Israeli side. On the Israeli side, the Jewish population in Palestine, the yishuv, was 90% secular at the time. And the leadership of the yishuv was almost totally secular. The military leadership, the political leadership. It was a very secular society. You get an optical illusion when you look back from 2016 when Israel has become much more religious or a larger part, segment of its population is religious. But in 1948 the people who counted and actually the vast majority of the population was of course non-religious. In fact they were children, or actually the people themselves, who had rebelled against religion. This is what Zionism was all about, partly, against rebelling against the old world of their fathers, which was a religious world. They rebelled also against God. So they didn’t approach the war at all as a religious war, not the generals, not the politicians, not Ben-Gurion, not Sharet, not Allon, not Dayan. They were irreligious people. Maybe even they were anti-religious, so the religious people saw them.”
Israeli historian Benny Morris on “A New Look at the 1948 Arab-Israeli War,” Wilson Center, 43:15 

Benny Morris

All one hears with the election is about the Charedim and the draft. You'd think maybe the economy would be an issue, or healthcare, education, transportation, crime, corruption, pollution, or infrastructure. Do they even talk about Arabs anymore? It's all Charedim, Charedim, Charedim. One is reminded of the Nazi obsession with Jews. A war with the Allies is raging yet the Nazis remained obsessed with Jews and spent considerable resources on this obsession. How is the average Chiloni's life even affected by Charedim being in the army or not? You have more than enough soldiers. What's the difference? There are twice as many Arab Israelis as Charedim and the Arabs aren't part of the army. Traffic in Tel Aviv is a much bigger problem for Chilonim than Charedim being in the army.

I would say that to the contrary, the drafting of Charedim harms the average Chiloni's life because the Charedim have no choice but to resist the draft and the Chilonim have declared that earning a living nullifies the draft exemption. THE MAIN CAUSE OF CHAREDI UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE DRAFT.

Don't believe what the newspapers tell you about theocracy in the state of israel. It is quite far from a theocracy. I have written about this here many times. No society with the world's most liberal abortion laws, generally radical feminist judiciary and legislature, irreligious population, formidable gay pride parades, seriously immodest fashion habits, and anti-religious press can be considered a theocracy. No society where an overwhelming majority of people favor same-sex marriage can be called a theocracy. 

Jerusalem gay pride parade. The city hangs flags in its honor and provides a police escort.

In Saudi Arabia or Iran, newspaper men as anti-religious and disrespectful as those in israel would have their heads chopped off. 

If you were to tell people in Iran or Saudi Arabia that israel is a theocracy they might die from laughter. Maybe the israeli military should consider this as a weapon of mass destruction. 

If the state of israel were a theocracy, Charedim wouldn't be among the lowest income groups. All of the power positions are held by Chilonim: prime minister, president, knesset speaker, bank, corporation, and university presidents, supreme court judges, generals. The attorney general seems to be the one exception right now. 

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Esther Hayut, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

No society where religious people are barred by the courts from holding their own concert with men and women seated separately can be called a theocracy.

What's really going on is that the country is so secular that if the Chilonim are restricted in any way they get hysterical and start exaggerating about the so-called Charedi theocracy just like they exaggerate about everything. In other words, they live such a free-wheeling secular life that any religion, any restriction feels overwhelming to them. Baaeli tiva cannot deal with any restrictions. 

But 1/8th of the country is Charedi. Obviously, some compromise is needed. Some sense of sharing the country is needed. That would be the approach of a healthy society. But as President Rivlin said, israel is a sick society in need of help. 

So here we are, now that the Arabs are out of the way, with the Chilonim coming after the Charedim, Heaven help us. Zionism is characterized by its aggression. It is a shallow, vacuous movement that looks outward towards imagined enemies. It never looks within, never tries to improve its own character. It is too busy slaying dragons, the current one being the Charedim.

Israel hasn't been attacked by a foreign army in 50 years and the Chilonim want to draft everyone. That also isn't surprising as the military is their religion. This is a religious war: Esav vs Yaakov, militarism verses Torah observance, worship of tanks and soldiers verses worship of the Almighty. It's incredible that the final battle of history is not between gentiles and Jews but between bad Jews and good Jews. This isn't a debate about defense of the country. It's a religious debate, or rather a battle between believers and heathens. 
The notion that Israel’s wars were wars of self-defense and that its limited military actions were primarily “retaliatory” in nature rests on shaky foundations. Many Israeli politicians and institutional historians have tried to sell the world and the Israeli public for decades the conception that Israel’s military actions were primarily actions of self-defense.
….most of Israel’s wars were the result of deliberate aggressive designs or flawed conflict management strategies. At least one war (the Yom Kippur War) could have been avoided by judicious diplomacy. Israel’s war experience is a story of folly, recklessness, and self-made traps. None of the wars – with the possible exception of the 1948 War of Independence – was what Israelis call Milhemet Ein Brerah (“war of necessity”). They were all wars of choice or wars of folly.
(Zeev Maoz, Defending the Holy Land, p. 552. Maoz, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Correlates of War Project at the University of California, Davis and Distinguished Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, is the former head of the prestigious Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and the former academic director of the IDF M.A. (graduate studies) program.

I read so many flippant remarks about Charedim in the Zionist media. The anti-Charedim are the real anti-Semites. Charedim are too Jewish for them. One comment I read tonight was that the Charedim have no sense of responsibility. It's astounding. The Charedim are much more responsible people than anybody else around here. Their whole lives are about responsibility. Day and night the Charedim honor obligations, duties, and responsibilities while the Chilonim, to a large extent, once military service is over behave in far less impressive level of discipline and responsibility. Have the Charedi-bashers considered that and asked what the Charedi perspective might be rather than jumping to condescending little judgments? There is very little listening in Israeli society. Mostly you get shouting. It's one of the many things that makes life in Israeli society a misery.

Liberman is the poster child of the childish rant and there's two things he rants about: Arabs and Charedim. That's his whole life. He hates Arabs and he hates Charedim. The gehennom waiting him is not something I even want to imagine. 

The army is a brainwashing machine. The Zionist brain happens to be brainwashed already so Zionists don't notice the problem. For Charedim, the military is the opposite of the Jewish religion and if we have to go to our deaths over this, we will -- how ironic, in the so-called Jewish state. And many Zionists, being practiced in murder, are fine with that. That's what Zionism has done to them. 

I have full faith that God is watching and taking names. You want to come after His loyal servants? Oh, you are asking for big trouble. Not even your precious American jets will save you. Not even AIPAC, not even the President of the United States himself. HaKodesh Baruch Hu will not tolerate this persecution forever. 

For all you lovers of the state, for all your worshipers of the secular anti-religious political entity known as the state of israel, know that the greatest threat to the state is the drafting of Charedim. The Chilonim sin all over the land. 4.5 million Sabbath violators. Hashem is patient. But will He tolerate the destruction of the few remaining people who are loyal to Him? Ask the Nazis. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rivka (bas Simcha) Chagagi

from Kol Dimama 2:11

The case of Rivka (bas Simcha) Chagagi is more well-known, as several demonstrations have already been held to protest her extended arrest – she has been in prison for two weeks already, for failing to enlist. Rivka’s entirely family, including herself, is religiously observant, and her older sisters received peturim from military service. However, a few years ago, owing to a family medical crisis, Rivka was sent to a chareidi boarding school where she underwent a temporary spiritual crisis. 

During that short period of time, she posted non-tznius photographs on Facebook, and the army, no doubt through its use of private investigators, discovered this. Rivka has since returned entirely to a frum lifestyle and submitted a tatzhir dat, asking for a petur. The army rejected it, and despite the fact that she is currently frum, claims that she is in fact secular and must enlist. The army even claims that Rivka voluntarily withdrew her application for a petur when shown “evidence” that she is secular (the photos dating back several years). She was arrested on her way to a family simchah abroad, handcuffed at the airport and sent to military prison. 

Despite pouring rain, a hafganah was held last week in Kikar Shabbos to protest her extended imprisonment, followed by another one on Motzoei Shabbos, both of which were attended by hundreds of people. 

Hagaon Rav Tzvi Friedman shlit”a, speaking about the current matzav, quoted the Bais Halevi zy”a on the Haggadah. He noted that the gezeirah of Pharaoh was worse than that of Lavan, even though Lavan wanted to kill everyone. Indeed, Pharaoh wanted to leave the girls alive – to marry goyim, so their children would be brought up in complete tumah with no Jewish men to protest, and Klal Yisroel would be totally immersed in kefirah and avodah zarah, a fate far worse than no Klal Yisroel at all.