Oh look, not ALL the Middle East nutjobs are Muslims

By Aron Heller, Huffingto Post

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — A shy 8-year-old schoolgirl has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel’s latest religious war.

Naama Margolese is a ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing “immodestly.”

Her plight has drawn new attention to the simmering issue of religious coercion in Israel, and the increasing brazenness of extremists in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

“When I walk to school in the morning I used to get a tummy ache because I was so scared … that they were going to stand and start yelling and spitting,” the pale, blue-eyed girl said softly in an interview with The Associated Press Monday. “They were scary. They don’t want us to go to the school.”

The girls school that Naama attends in the city of Beit Shemesh, to the west of Jerusalem, is on the border between an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and a community of modern Orthodox Jewish residents, many of them American immigrants.

The ultra-Orthodox consider the school, which moved to its present site at the beginning of the school year, an encroachment on their territory. Dozens of black-hatted men jeer and physically accost the girls almost daily, claiming their very presence is a provocation. Read more

 

 

Categories: Asia, Israel, Middle East

2 replies

  1. Bothering others for own beliefs is wrong. Agreed on that. However lets understand these men in black hat. These people are adherents of Haredi Judaism. Haredi means “one who trembles in awe of God”. Apart from being orthodox in modesty(both men and women) they oppose the ideology of zionism too.
    There is a contrast here. Those who are labelled as “ultra-orthodox” are perhaps the only Israeli jewish religious group who have an intenion for peace in the region.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haredim_and_Zionism

  2. Many times people fail to differentiate between Ultra Orthodox and extremists and both may have entirely opposing ideologies.

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