Sigh. I am sad to report that depending on where you read your news, the following happenned:
JPost: Haredim assault Christian tourists
A group of German tourists wearing shirts emblazoned with messages of love to the Jewish people were attacked by a mob of angry Haredim in Kikar Shabbat.
Arutz Sheva: Missionaries Accosted in Meah SheÂ´arim
A group of missionaries hell bent on converting Haredi Jews to Christianity gave out deceptive looking pamphlets and accosted Orthodox Jews with provocative clothing bearing the slogan “Your God is our God.” they were asked politely to leave and a half hour later, after one of the German missionaries kicked a Jew and the police arrived, two Haredim were arrested unfairly for uh… jaywalking.
So which is it? I’ve seen missionaries venture into the shuk waving Israeli flags and signing songs and giving out Jewishy looking Jesus pamphlets. The last group I saw doing this was indeed accosted by angry people but no riot ensued. But the shuk in Jerusaem is not Kikar Shabbat in the heart of Haredi-Land. So yeah, the perhaps well meaning but definitely stupid Germans probably did get the shit kicked out of them. Does this mean Hareidim are bad? No. It just means that some of them need to chill while others could do with a nice night in jail (Jewish criminals in Canada who I worked for called jail “cheder” – cheder in Yiddish means Torah Study room – but I digress). Assaulting people and setting garbage bins on fire is unnacceptable.
Below is an eyewitness account I got from “ST” about what took place. Read it to get an idea of what happenned. Totally unnacceptable.
My bank is located in Mea Shaarim, in fact, off Kikar Shabbat. I don’t go there often, but I walk through Mea Shaarim and Geula a couple times a week on the way to work from my bus. Today I went to the bank.
On the way there I noticed people wearing orange shirts walking here and there along Sarei Yisrael street progressing toward Kikar Shabbat. Not settlers. To my surprise the Hebrew quoted Ruth’s famous statement about “your people, my people..”. So they were Christians.
At the bank’s entrance a Haredi man was arguing with an orange clad Christian yelling at him (in English) to leave the area. I thought to myself, “maybe some one should call the police, this could get ugly”.
Unfortunately I didn’t follow through with that thought. When I left the bank it was really ugly with mobs of Haredim chasing after Christians with torn up orange shirts and very harried expressions. A couple of these haredi “fighters” had sticks, others threw trash as they chased the Christians away. I called the police.
I also got very angry and I snatched a bag of trash from some Haredi and punched at him. I got clobbered by a stick, but no real harm was done to me.
But what the heck. I might be a right wing settler with a kippa but seeing Haredim act that way real gets my dander up. (I’m like that: once a tried shouting down Rabbi Kahne and called him a racist – till I was dragged away by some border policemen).
And I do not like missionarie and definitely do not hate Haredim. I guess I hate mobs and injustice.
I probably should take a course on anger management and learn to adjust to reality.
Thanks for the heads up ST. Missionaries suck ass, but there is no excuse for causing a Chilul Hashem. Some of the rowdier Hassids ought to channel their anger better by joining Nahal Haredi.