Where Are the Rubber Bullets Now?

November 15, 2009 at 07:53 2 comments

Some Haredim in Jerusalem continue their campaign of overcoming the humiliation after a secular candidate was elected mayor of the Holy City. For months this summer, they were trying to reassert their political power over the capital by rioting against the opening of the Karta car park on Shabbat. 

They lost that battle, but they definitely haven’t given up the war.

Last week, they found a new target for their rage and frustration: Intel. The high-tech company is supposed to open their new plant in Jerusalem today, and ahead of that event it became known that the plant would operate also on Shabbat. In protest, thousands of Haredim marched on the plant yesterday, throwing stones at it, attacking bystanders and trying to force their way into the premises.

This time they have turned their rage against a private company. Therefore any claims that they are merely acting to safeguard the status quo agreement, as could be argued in the case of operating public facilities such as the Karta car park, are irrelevant in this case. Instead, the intent to force the city to submission to a Haredi way of life becomes patently clear. To achieve this deeply undemocratic goal, these thugs do not shy away from violence and mafia methods.

The risk that other companies will choose not to invest in facilities in Jerusalem is obvious. Thus, the city will lose out on even more tax revenue and sorely needed job opportunities for the impoverished population. But what do the rioters care? They probably don’t pay taxes anyway, and if there won’t be any jobs available to them, they’ll have an excellent excuse why not to work either.


Entry filed under: Judaism, Politics.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shlomit  |  November 16, 2009 at 06:21

    I disagree I am afraid.

    Actually the Haredim are keeping the Israeli secular law.
    the Shabbat law ensures everyone gets a day of rest – with the rest of his/her family.

    The sabbat law as MK Shelly Yehemovitxh pointed out should be supported by all the public, not just by Haredim.

    read here; http://www.notes.co.il/aharon/62283.asp

  • 2. Mikael Tossavainen  |  November 22, 2009 at 09:32

    As far as I understand it, Intel has received all the required permissions to operate on Shabbat, and so they don’t violate any laws.

    Besides, if the Haredim really were worried about labor laws and the conditions of the work force, there are more effective ways to reach results than by unwarrented acts of violence.


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