Satmars Remove Embarrassing Anti-Army Poster After it Appears to Promote IDF Enlistment (PHOTO)

June 10, 2013 12:36 pm 12 comments

Poster in Williamsburg that quotes Moses in support of Satmar movement's rejection of IDF enlistment. Photo: Anonymous.

The Satmar Chasidic movement held a massive rally this weekend in Manhattan to protest the Israeli government’s efforts to draft yeshiva students into the military. Some estimates had attendance at an impressive 30,000.

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, home to a large Charedi population, organizers placed posters around the neighborhood to promote the rally. But one set of posters was rapidly removed according to a community source who spoke anonymously to The Algemeiner, for fear of damaging his business with the community, because the poster’s rallying cry accidentally contravened the Satmar movement’s official line.

“Shall your brothers go into battle while you remain here?” the poster screamed in large red print, encouraging Charedim in New York to take to the streets in support of the struggle faced by their brothers in Israel. Taken from the bible, the words are spoken by Moses as he chastises the tribes of Reuben and Gad both of which propose settling in Transjordan rather than Israel, and imply that they do not wish to take up arms for the conquest of Israel. The bible story takes place right as the Israelites are about to enter Israel after fleeing slavery in Egypt. Moses subsequently commands the tribes that they must fight for Israel.

The source noted that this biblical phrase wherein Moses commands the tribes who wish to opt out of military service to in fact take up arms for Israel, would appear to promote IDF enlistment rather than reject it. The source said that the posters were on “every street pole” but that the Charedim in the area seemed to wise up soon after, as they were taken down not too long after the error was spotted.

12 Comments

  • The Satmars could delude themselves and believe the Jewish people living in Israel will be better protected because there will be learning going on in the IDF.

    Actually, it is a very good idea. These recruits will avail themselves of benefits they would not have had they remained out of the IDF.

    It’s unfortunate that the Satmars living in the U.S. don’t get it. While they may believe that only G-d protects the people of Israel and the land or Israel, it is stated thte one needs to help themself for G-d to help them. Well … res ipsa.

  • Do We really want them

    If they can’t quote the Torah with the correct context after a lifetime of study, do we really want them in the IDF protecting Israel?

  • Ethan Coane

    Do the ultra-Orthodox in Israel and in the Diaspora not realize that they themselves would be singled-out for “special” treatment by the Arabs should the IDF’s forces somehow be defeated and the State of Israel vanquished? These people reaffirm my distaste for fundmentalists of any religion. A pox on all their houses.

  • Even they cannot hide that Torah COMMANDS to share in the HONOR of FIGHTING FOR ISRAEL. They just think to be better than Moses and King David who also fought and didn’t JUST sit on their tuchas. Learning is NOT an excuse NOT TO perform mitzvot like defending your brothers from pursuers and enemies!

  • IF YOU ARE AN ISRAELI CITIZEN NOT SERVING IN THE IDF TO DEFEND OUR PEOPLE THIS IS FOR YOU!
    WHO DEFENDED YOUR GRANDPARENTS WHEN THEY WERE GATHERED TO THE CAMPS? THERE WAS NO IDF THEN BUT IT IS OUR DUTY TO SERVE OUR PEOPLE AND DEFEND US NOW!
    IT IS WRITTEN!
    SO NOT SERVING YOUR COUNTRY IS TO BE A TRAITOR TO OUR TRIBES.
    THOSE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY ARE NO BETTER THAN THE TERRORISTS!
    AND IF YOU SUPPORT NOT SERVING IN THE IDF THEN YOUR PARENTS WASTED THEIR MONEY EDUCATING YOU AT YESHIVEA
    TO BE A JEW? WHO KNEW YOU COULD LEARN TO BE A COPO FROM A RABBI AT YESHIVA!

    Haredim IDF Enlistment Moses Satmar Satmar Manhattan rally Satmar poster Satmar protest Satmar rally tribes of Reuben and Gad Williamsburg Brooklyn

    Poster in Williamsburg that quotes Moses in support of Satmar movement’s rejection of IDF enlistment. Photo: Anonymous.

    The Satmar Chasidic movement held a massive rally this weekend in Manhattan to protest the Israeli government’s efforts to draft yeshiva students into the military. Some estimates had attendance at an impressive 30,000.

    In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, home to a large Charedi population, organizers placed posters around the neighborhood to promote the rally. But one set of posters was rapidly removed according to a community source who spoke anonymously to The Algemeiner, for fear of damaging his business with the community, because the poster’s rallying cry accidentally contravened the Satmar movement’s official line.

    “Shall your brothers go into battle while you remain here?” the poster screamed in large red print, encouraging Charedim in New York to take to the streets in support of the struggle faced by their brothers in Israel. Taken from the bible, the words are spoken by Moses as he chastises the tribes of Reuben and Gad both of which propose settling in Transjordan rather than Israel, and imply that they do not wish to take up arms for the conquest of Israel. The bible story takes place right as the Israelites are about to enter Israel after fleeing slavery in Egypt. Moses subsequently commands the tribes that they must fight for Israel.

    The source noted that this biblical phrase wherein Moses commands the tribes who wish to opt out of military service to in fact take up arms for Israel, would appear to promote IDF enlistment rather than reject it. The source said that the posters were on “every street pole” but that the Charedim in the area seemed to wise up soon after, as they were taken down not too long after the error was spotted.

    DO YOU STAND ON THE SIDE OF THE LORD OR AGAINST HIM?
    NEIL GOLAN

  • Given how many of Jewish prominence who are also not friends of Israel, this poster incident only further demonstrates
    how we are our own worst enemy. Pogo said it best: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

  • They are leeches on the back of the state of Israel. They have no shame to take whatever they can and they give nothing in return. The state of Israel should make a quota of 5,000 yeshivas students who should live and study Torah for the Tifereth of Israel. From 5,001 up all the rest to work. Nowhere it is written they should be kept at the expenses of the state. Ben Gurion made a huge mistake and the state of Israel is suffering its consequences.

  • Marta Mikey Frid

    Nothing like the enemy within to justify world anti-Semitism
    Let them go and set up their own kind of Israel somewhere else. Our kids don’t have to die for theirs.
    Our history is full of such saviours; they were some of our worst enemies when it came to spread true Jewish values.
    Marta, Margalit

  • Carl Pearlston

    Why should some Israeli youth be exempted from required service just because they study Torah? Study should not substitute for having a job and earning a living, nor for fulfilling required duties to the community and the nation.

  • the truth of the Torah has a way of coming out, despite the scheming and deceit of man.

    it’s just funny that these supposed Torah scholars didn’t realize what their posters said, much sooner.

  • Elke Blinick

    sometimes the message you give is the opposite of what you intended. happens to most of us.

  • Satmars are beyond misinformed. It’s good to see them drafted.

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