ADL Condemns Attack on Haredi IDF Soldier in Mea Shearim

Jerusalem, July 10, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly denounced an attack on a Haredi (ultra-orthodox) man serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which took place on July 9.

According to reports, the soldier was attacked while visiting relatives in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem. Upon his arrival, the soldier was stoned by a group of people who called him “Hardak,” Hebrew slang that combines the words “Haredi” and “insect.”  The soldier fled to a nearby building where he removed his uniform to avoid further attacks. The police force was also attacked in their rescue attempt.

"We condemn the incendiary, violent environment that has arisen surrounding the issue of drafting Haredi men into the IDF,” said Phyllis Gerably, Director of the ADL Israel Office. “While reasonable people can disagree with and peacefully protest the proposed legislation, verbal incitement and physical acts of violence are unacceptable and we join with the leaders of the Haredi community who showed leadership by condemning the violence.”

A proposed Israeli law that would obligate ultra-Orthodox men to serve in the IDF has been a controversial issue in the Haredi community, with some directing hostility towards those who are currently serving.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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