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Israeli President backs protests against Ultra-Orthodox Jews








Israel's president has urged Israelis to rally against ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremism in what he called a fight for the "soul of the nation".

Shimon Peres was speaking as hundreds gathered in the town of Beit Shemesh to protest against the way some ultra-Orthodox Jews treat women.

There have been two days of clashes in the town after a girl said she had been harassed on her way to school.

Some ultra-Orthodox in Beit Shemesh are seeking to segregate men and women.

Mr Peres said today was a "test for the nation", not just the police.

"The entire nation must be recruited in order to save the majority from the hands of a small minority," Mr Peres said.

He said the demonstration was a defence of the "character" of the state of Israel "against a minority which breaks our national solidarity".

Protesters, some holding signs reading "Free Israel from religious coercion" and "Stop Israel from becoming Iran", gathered in large numbers on Tuesday evening.----



More on the BBC's website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16338376


Added: Dec-27-2011 Occurred On: Dec-27-2011
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  • I'm with the trappers on this .

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  • it is a start, a good good start.

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    • @kanns01
      Its a cynical half-assed media-pleasing start.

      This is food for idiots that will consume it, no offense to you kanns, the poster being a prime candidate

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    • @kanns01 Not really newsworthy, he's the President of the State, and these people are acting against the State in many cases.
      The Saudi's kill their Jihadi's, even Hamas confront jihadist elements.
      No State tolerates anarchy

      I doubt the long-term rightward shift we've seen Israel in the last years will be knocked off course by any crackdown on how these people treat their women

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    • @Catalytic it is pleasing, these same lunatics are in control of the israeli government,

      the religious minority have always been in control of foreign policy and have supported the settlement activity.

      i am happy that these assholes are becoming increasingly unpopular within the israeli public.

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    • @ElegantDecline im pleased that their hatred against women has been brought to the public. but these fanatics are the main front to settlement activity, so if the public in israel have gained a new hatred with these jewish fanatics, then hoplfully the settlements will be hated as well in the years to come.

      that is all in theory, but as you said i doubt that israels path of apartheid and oppresion will be knocked off course.

      but as i said it is a start.

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    • @kanns01
      mark my words, the Israeli public will choose these same lunatics again in the next elections.

      All this whining is just for show

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  • Ahhhhh,,,,,,i see the resident LL Jew haters are out in force over this one!

    MAking a mountain out of a mole hill.
    This small group of extremists do not represent the mainstream haradi!
    They are anti zionists and the scum of Israel!

    Peres is no better!

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  • Even normal Jews hate these Orthodox fuckers.

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  • Jews always use the ancient Israel argument as a "rightful"claims of land, yet their politicians and majority of secularists hate most of the aspects of their conservative and religious culture.

    Isn't Judaism a culture and a religion? Isn't it Semitic? If you are a European/Russian Jew who hates his own culture/religion and want/support making it more European. Then Ancient Israel is clearly not your legacy.

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