Israel: ‘Haredi Shoah Display ‘Insane”
Widespread condemnation of Saturday evening’s Holocaust-themed demonstration in Jerusalem; Israeli Minister and Holocaust survivor Yossi Peled speaks out against the demonstration, zealot’s reenactment of famous Warsaw ghetto photo. Meanwhile, chief Neturei Karta psycho claims that “our persecution by Zionists is worse than what Nazis did”…
Minister Yossi Peled, a Holocaust survivor, could not believe his eyes when he saw the pictures from the ultra-Orthodox protest in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood on Saturday night.
“I admit that some things are inconceivable, like taking the horrifying picture of the little boy facing the Nazis with his hands up. Regardless of whether the struggle is justified or not, this points to something insane, irrational, immoral,” he told Ynet on Sunday morning.
“Any word you say will be inappropriate. I may be naive: I never believed, no matter which conflict we’re talking about, that we would use symbols of the Jewish people’s tragedy for an internal battle. It was our battle against an external threat. It’s inconceivable. The blood froze in my veins.”
Saturday’s demonstration was organized by an extreme faction in Mea Shearim in protest of what has been defined as “the exclusion of haredim” and the start of the jail term of an ultra-Orthodox man convicted of assaulting an electronics store salesman.
Mordechai Hirsch, one of the leaders of the extreme Neturei Karta faction (and the son of Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, who served as minister in the Palestinian government), said his nephews, who are not even 10 years old, took part in the protest wearing a yellow patch.
“Of course I justify it,” said Hirsch. “Yes, it’s from the Holocaust and it’s legitimate. There’s no question about it. This protest reflects the Zionists’ persecution of the haredi public, which we see as worse than what the Nazis did.