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The Guardian today has an article on the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem:

Jewish 'ultras' defend morals with menace; The Haredi sect has launched an aggressive campaign against the secular lifestyles of women in Jerusalem.

Nothing new that hasn't appeared in the Israeli and Jewish press over the last few years, but I think that this is the first time I've seen an article like this in the general press. The Guardian even mentions the "Frumka", the Jewish version of the burka, though without using this tongue-in-cheek name.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 03:15:10 PM EST
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Much of Kreus's time is spent checking out reports of illicit use of new technologies by members of the Haredi community. 'If we discover someone has a computer at home we throw the children out of school,' he said. Enforcing dictates on women's behaviour is another vital part of his brief.

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Extraordinarily, he admitted to slashing the tyres of women who have driven into the neighbourhood who, he said, were indecently dressed. 'There was a mess with the police,' he said. 'Now I'm trying new creative methods, not using violence. Now I make a small hole in their tyres and the air deflates slowly. I'm not destroying their car.'

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He maintained that separation was necessary beyond the boundaries of the neighbourhood. 'Having secular people on the buses is a problem. They go like animals, without clothes. Non-religious girls don't dress properly. They encourage me to sin,' he said.

I think the US should 'liberate' Israel.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 03:38:06 PM EST
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US tax dollars at work.  Time for the shekel bomb, anyone?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 09:40:12 PM EST
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