Ultra-Orthodox Jews ask Israeli media to help rid them of extremists

27.12.2011                      1.Tewet. 5772                       Channuka 7                      Rosch Chodesch 2

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews ask Israeli media to help rid them of extremists

Ultra-Orthodox community says fear of radicals has created leadership vacuum; many think secular media plays key role in increasing pressure on Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem extremists.

One after another the Haredim came up to the reporters. Some gave their full names, some refused to give any name or – as with one leading rabbi – asked that their names not be published. Some approached in the streets of Beit Shemesh, some made a phone call.
They're not reaching out to protest the media's portrayal of the ultra-Orthodox, after Haredi residents of Beit Shemesh harassed and spat at religious Zionist schoolgirls, attacked a television news crew trying to film a sign that ordered women to walk on the other side of the street, and called the police "Nazis" when they escorted municipal officials who took down the sign….