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Jerusalem : Israel | 2 years ago
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Orthodox Jews Under Fire for Altercation With 8 yr. Old Girl

Transcript by BY JIM FLINK Heroes? Or fanatics? In Israel, a culture war is being waged between Ultra-Orthodox Jews -- called the Haredim -- and more moderate elements of society. euronews reports on the show-down that began when an 8-year-old school girl -- was allegedly spat upon by Orthodox men. "The town of Beit Shamesh near Jerusalem is under the spotlight after an 8-year-old girl complained of being threatened by ultra-Orthodox men for her dress. The graffiti says Israeli women, the Torah demands that you dress modestly." Two popular Israeli television stations deployed reporters to cover the little girl's walk to school, which raised anger across Israel. "We'll just walk a little bit. Naam. You wanna walk just a little bit?" "No (crying.)" "What's the problem. There are rabbi's and the(y) give us the power to know how to appear when we walk in the streets, and to know how a woman should behave when walking in the streets. And that's the way it should be." While the Haredim make up about half of the small town of Beit Shemesh, ultra-Orthodox Jews in general are a distinct minority in Israel. The Telegraph explains -- still -- they wield considerable influence. "Though numbering only 10 per cent of Israel's mostly Jewish population of 7.7 million, ultra-Orthodox voting patterns give them considerable clout, helping to secure them welfare benefits and wider influence." But the vocal majority is demanding Israeli police and government officials crack down <b>...</b>
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