討厭的Ultra-Orthodox

November 15, 2009

Have found the truth behind the incredibly high unemployment rate in Israel society centuries ago last summer vocation when I was reading ‘Living in the West Bank’. The author quoted Jerusalem Post’s statistics saying the rate was over 10% several years ago! And soon after I learned the ultra-orthodox group insist seeing studying Tora all the day as men’s holiest thing to do, while seeing work as a shame. The Haredim contribute 9% of the entire population, most of which gather in east J’lem. Anydody who’s able to do primary school math knows it’s the presence of Ultra-Orthodox that brings the unemployment rate straight from a normal level of 2-3% up to the terrible digits we now see. And just few days back the financial minister angrily pointed his finger at the haredim and the Israeli Arab population, accusing them of the main cause of the unemployment rate. This just further more proved my hypothesis. And I reckon the haredim should take the most responsibility rather than Arab people or Ethiopian Jews.

There’re many more reasons I dislike haredim. They don’t seem to be willing to live in peace with modern civilization. Frequent protests against Shabbat transportation even though they didn’t even happen in their community; Recent protest against Fox TV because of Bar Rafaeli billboard. I can understand they have their own belief. But won’t they be a little more grateful allowing for all other Israeli citizens are paying for their daily expense- while most of them are not a least bit religious. Israeli police has been busy enough to cope with terror, while they don’t show any tolerance as the rest of Israel show to them, only to add work load to the police, to disrupt the daily lives of people who actually feed them.

Whenever it comes to the Kotel, men in sheer black with long beard will certainly be part of the scene. No, I don’t consider it the real west wall without the presence of Ultra-Orthodox praying to it.

Just now according to Jerusalem Post, Haredim again rallied, and this time in front of Intel in J’lem, for they didn’t stop working on Shabbat. At first  it was a peace protest. But in the afternoon, the journalist says they started to throw stone at journalists. And the picture is a typical one: they set fire on the street. This looks really disgusting. And many people in the talkback(mainly from US, Canada and Israel) also described the Haredim as a burden to economy. And if the story is true, throwing stone and setting fire this sort of things themselves are breaking the law of Shabbat. But as some comments suggest this minority has given media chances to depict the image of Haredim for long. So maybe we’re misled again somehow?

Religion stuff and democracy always contradict each other. I don’t really know what will be good for Israel. They say ultra-orthodox also an important part of maintaining the Jewish identity? I don’t see any other solution for Intel Israel than to run away. Because they don’t have the permission to work on Shabbat. Israel chose to guarantee the Shabbat law so Intel has to surrender! That’s the embarrassment of democracy. It’s all CONFILCT! קנפליכט קנפליכט קנפליכט!

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