No place to hang their hats

01.08.2011                      01.Aw-Elul, 5771

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No place to hang their hats

The housing crisis is one area Haredim and secular activists could see eye to eye, but instead of joining forces, they are engaged in infighting.

Many Israeli families would probably dream of owning a home in Kfar Yona – a detached house, of course, with a sloping red-tile roof, surrounded by a white picket fence, quiet streets and friendly neighbors, and all just a 40-minute drive from Tel Aviv. But this pastoral scene is misleading. Bitter winds of war have been blowing lately through this ostensibly tranquil community.
One distressing sign of the social and property battle being waged here was the appearance of swastikas and hate messages found sprayed on one of the town's synagogues two months ago. The backdrop: A group of Haredi residents belonging to the Shas movement intend to build a large educational center on a 10-dunam piece of land….