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April 13, 2017 7:41 pm

Haaretz Article Argues National-Religious Israeli Jews ‘More Dangerous’ Than Terrorists

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JNS.org – An article published by left-wing Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz drew widespread condemnation Wednesday for calling Israel’s national-religious community “more dangerous” than the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists.

In the article titled “More Dangerous than Hezbollah,” columnist Yossi Klein wrote “the national religious [Israelis] are dangerous, more dangerous than Hezbollah, more than drivers ramming their cars into people and girls with scissors.”

A statement posted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page said, “The article in Haaretz is disgraceful, and they have lost it completely…Haaretz should apologize.”

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin similarly weighed in Thursday, saying the author’s words are “defamation that exposes a vast hatred and undermines any capacity to dialogue or criticize.”

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (HaBayit HaYehudi), Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (HaBayit HaYehudi) and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid each separately condemned the article, with Bennett tweeting, “When you think that Haaretz has reached its peak of humiliation, it always manages to surprise with a new low.”

Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken responded to the widespread condemnation via Twitter, posting, “I can’t figure out what all the excitement is (Pavlovian, I must say) over Yossi Klein’s column. He is just saying something similar to what I said six years ago.” Schocken was referring to a controversial article he wrote accusing Israel’s national-religious community of implementing apartheid.

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  • Saul Eisenstat

    I agree. Israel will be destroyed from within. The Ultra-Orthodox Jews want to control everything (marriage, conversion, bankruptcy, foreclosures, to mention a few). This is Jewish Sharia law. I have nothing against the ultra-orthodox, as long as they let the secular Jews live their lives within following their laws. After all, these secular Jews are the ones defending the right of the orthodox to continue practicing their religion in peace.

  • The once Jewish newspaper Haaretz is owned 20% by the Teutonic media group M.
    DuMont Schauberg in Cologne. For information about the relations of the DuMont family with the Nazis during the second WW, please revert to Wikipedia. The media group has a very special reputation regarding their anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitude. Information are available in the internet.

    Is it because of anticipatory obedience that the Haaretz is anti-Israel, anti-Israeli government, anti-IDF, anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish? Some scribblers of Haaretz are not only pathologic adversaries of everything Israeli or Jewish, they are supporters of the Falastinian cause and sedulous hawkers of the Falastinian-Islamic BS against Israel and Jews and last but not least, they support the BDS.

    Therefore, I am of the opinion that the Haaretz must be outlawed in Israel. Stop buying
    Haaretz! Because your money will be used against the Jewish Sate Israel.

  • The once Jewish newspaper Haaretz is owned 20% by the Teutonic media group M.
    DuMont Schauberg in Cologne. For information about the relations of the Dumont family with the Nazis during the second WW, please revert to Wikipedia. The media group has a very special reputation regarding their anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitude. Information are available in the internet.

    Is it because of anticipatory obedience that the Haaretz is anti-Israel, anti-Israeli government, anti-IDF, anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish? Some scribblers of Haaretz are not only pathologic adversaries of everything Israeli or Jewish, they are supporters of the Falastinian cause and sedulous hawkers of the Falastinian-Islamic BS against Israel and Jews and last but not least, they support the BDS.

    Therefore, I am of the opinion that the Haaretz must be outlawed in Israel. Stop buying
    Haaretz! Because your money will be used against the Jewish Sate Israel.

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