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.
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?
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:
Here's a picture of him in court:
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.