Haredim are not very popular in Israel. For various reasons and some of them I can understand. However, for some reason and I don’t know why, a lot of Israelis show a high interest in haredi matters. In particular, how Haredim live their daily lives. Those ordinary Israeli fascinated by the haredi world don’t necessarily dislike the haredi population but are curious.
It is hard to explain: On the one hand, Haredim are seen as weird, on the other hand, a lot of Israeli secular Jews are fascinated by the haredi world. This, however, doesn’t include national religious Jews, as they live in their own world and I must admit that the Dati Le’umi world seems more than strange to me. 🙂
Israeli TV stations love broadcasting documentaries or series on the haredi world. I am just mentioning here STISSEL as one among many other examples. As soon as something is happening in Mea Shearim, secular journalists are right there. Although the local Neturei Karta hates everything connected to the Zionist State of Israel, on the eve of Israel’s Independence day they phone the secular media. The journalists run and the Neturei Karta is burning an Israeli flag. This is the usual show on Independence Day. Without the media’s interest, the Neturei Karta wouldn’t burn any flag.
A few days ago, the Israeli media mentioned a particular incident taking place in Mea Shearim: An IDF army officer found his car windows smashed.
Okay, it isn’t right that Israeli soldiers are being attacked in Mea Shearim. No matter what but these soldiers are protecting our country. And, of course, G – d is in charge of everything but this doesn’t justify any attack by some local ignorant Neturei Karta youths.
On the other hand, I have to say that our media reports every little detail from Mea Shearim but when it comes to my neighbourhood, you don’t here a word ! How many times have Arab youths smashed car windows or even burned parked cars ? Did any journalist show up, let alone report about Arab vandalism ? NO !
One car is being vandalized in Mea Shearim and the Israeli media is going crazy. As soon as it comes to Arabs, the leftist media keeps quiet !