the news has been reporting this afternoon about a 35 year old man in Bet Shemesh who has been arrested for attacking a 10 year old girl, with possibly other victims as well.
Kikar has a picture, blurred, and the fellow arrested is seemingly hassidic.
Of course the story and incident are troubling and difficult and I wish her the best and if this guy is guilty he should get a nice long prison sentence. Besides for that, what is promising, and relieving, about this report is that it shows that parents are no longer sitting back and not report incidents because the rabbi said not to or because it is a child who cannot be believed or because it will hurt the alleged perpetrators family and/or parnassa. Parents are showing more concern for the children (than for the communal concerns pushed by the rabbis who dissuade people from reporting) and are now reporting to the police, and the Haredi news sites are reporting on these incidents as well, though I do not expect the printed newspapers to report anything about it. Change takes time, but it happens.
It is possible that this is just one isolated case and reporting is not really on the rise, but it seems that this is accepted and acceptable now. I dont see any criticisms of how it should not have been reported, and I think the feeling is since the incident a couple weeks ago in Modiin Ilit with the 7 year old girl that this cannot be covered up any longer.
In light of the construction having begun at the entrance to the city of Jerusalem that will keep the main entrance to the city closed to private vehicles for [at least] the coming 3 years...this post by Sivan Rahav Meir gets the FSotD
We will not participate and lend a hand to turning Israel into a halachic State. If there is a need to have work on Shabbos - it will happen. There will be work on Shabbos so as not to hurt the tens of thousands of soldiers and citizens who need to use the trains. This is not any breach in any way of the existing status quo.
-- Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis
Akunis joined the increasing voices from within the Likud talking openly about allowing work and/or public transportation on Shabbos, despite the Likud relationship with its natural coalition partners (ie the religious and Haredi parties) being diametrically opposed to such policies. And, this is in direct opposition to Netanyahu telling his people, the Likud MKs and Ministers, at an election rally yesterday to not talk about the "medinat halacha" issue anymore in any way. Despite what Netanyahu ordered yesterday, Akunis spoke about this just this morning.
While I am not sure if Likud policy has changed or not, they are definitely speaking differently in public. If this continues, at some point the voices will get too loud for the Haredi/religious parties to ignore.
A Dati Leumi conference, organized by the Binyan Shalem organization, for women only did not allow any images of women at the conference. At the conference for women. These women stood there looking at each other and sitting next to each other and watching women speak, but anything printed could not have a woman's face on it.
The conference included lectures, shiurim and booths. The booths, selling clothes and other stuff, could not be adorned or decorated with images of women. source: Srugim
This craziness has crazily spread to even more crazy applications. At a conference for women, only they could not see images of women in print!!
Avigdor Lieberman's new campaign ads is really a spoof on Donald Trump's presidential campaign "Make America Great Again". Avigdor Lieberman is campaigning to "Make Israel Normal Again"
ok. but with Rav Tau's new NOAM' party running a similarly-themed campaign, with the slogan "A Normal Nation In Our Land", it makes me wonder if perhaps Tau/Noam and Lieberman/Beyteynu will be merging or running together as a technical bloc...
Just joking. There is no way these two fit together. Funny though that they both want to make Israel "normal", each according to its own definition. What does "normal" mean to you? It is too subjective a word to be used so ambiguously...
Ehud Barak put out the following snarky election campaign video. The video does not discuss policies in any way but is a dig at Netanyahu who seems to never pay for himself but always has friends who pay for him. I like the snarkiness of the video.
The fiasco is that during the video, Barak pulls out his credit card to lecture Netanyahu. Barak did not bother getting a fake card, covering the number or turning it over. Thus, Barak exposed his actual credit card information to the entire world - or at least to the people who watch his videos. After realizing what happened, Barak was forced to cancel the card and have a new card issued. I can't wait to see how Netanyahu uses this fiasco in a coming response video.
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