Chareidi Extremism – No Smartphones

Chareidi Extremists Protest Monsey Store That Sells Smartphones

No. This isn’t Meah Shearim. This is Monsey, NY on Erev Shabbos Nachamu.

These Chareidi extremists staged a protest outside the “Ping Cellular Store” which is a Verizon Wireless Dealer, located on Route 59, at the “Town Square Mall”, right next to the Evergreen Supermarket.

The group is upset that the establishment is selling smartphones.

A few dozen extremists were part of the protest, as a few dozens counter protesters grabbed their signs and yelled back.

Police were on the scene keeping the two groups apart.

It is not known who this group of extremists belong to.

Mohels Give Babies Herpes and Families Protect Them – Babies are the Collateral Damage of the Societal Norms


Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.” The phrase is sometimes recorded as primum nil nocere.[1]
Non-maleficence, which is derived from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school and is a fundamental principle throughout the world. Another way to state it is that, “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.” It reminds the health care provider that they must consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. It is invoked when debating the use of an intervention that carries an obvious risk of harm but a less certain chance of benefit.[citation needed]
Non-maleficence is often contrasted with its corollary, beneficence.

Pikuach Nefesh (Hebrew: פיקוח נפש)

LM – 19.04.17

Jewish teachings demand that we travel on Shabbat and that we override nearly every other religious consideration when a person’s life is in danger. We are commanded to “lo ta’aseh” a Mitzvah when in so doing we would be putting a life in danger or failing to save one.

Is protecting a mohel who has permanently damaged and even killed babies not within this category? Are you not the putting the next child’s life in danger? Is it not a moral imperative of EVERY SINGLE JEW to make certain that mohels who are damaging children be stopped and be prosecuted for their crimes, crimes against Jewish babies, crimes against all Jews?

Whatever our beliefs are regarding the use or misuse of the word “me’tzizah,” should those very tenets of our religion not be trumped by the notion that we as Jews are religiously and morally obligated to protect our children?

To the parents who will not cooperate with the authorities, you are hypocrites. You are shameful. You do not deserve the blessings that are bestowed upon you in your ability to conceive and bring children into this world.

To the parents who will have babies harmed by these practices because your friends, family members, rabbis and communities did not warn you, did not protect you, it might be time to re-evaluate your belief system. May you and your babies not suffer the sins of your community.

To the Rabbis who are not cooperating with authorities and claiming that these rituals are complicated and holy, you are the unholiest of them all.


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Anti-Zionist Fundamentalism – Anti-IDF Sentiment, Who’s Supposed to Protect Israel?

Anti – Zionist Fundamentalism

Police say the suspects allegedly attempted to extort businesses, harassing and threatening company officials with ultimatums to advertise in HaPeles (the “Jerusalem Faction”‘s newspaper), warning that the failure to do so would be seen as an insult to a large segment of the haredi population and would have serious consequences. The harassment of the targeted officials was reportedly ongoing on a daily basis.


28 arrested in crackdown on anti-Zionist radicals

Police operation against anti-draft Yerushalmi Faction nets 28 suspects, including senior members of ‘Hapeles’ newspaper.

Police arrested 28 suspects in a pre-dawn raid early Tuesday morning in a crackdown against the haredi anti-draft group known as the Yerushalmi Faction.

The Yerushalmi Faction, led by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, has had mass demonstrations and blocked roads across the country to protest the draft of yeshiva students into the IDF. Unlike mainstream haredi groups, the Yerushalmi Faction discourages its members from seeking deferments from the army as yeshiva students, arguing that such behavior legitimizes the existing draft law.

Among the 28 suspects arrested Tuesday are senior members of the Hapeles newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Yerushalmi Faction.

Police say the suspects allegedly attempted to extort businesses, harassing and threatening company officials with ultimatums to advertise in Hapeles, warning that the failure to do so would be seen as an insult to a large segment of the haredi population and would have serious consequences. The harassment of the targeted officials was reportedly ongoing on a daily basis.

Tuesday’s operation also included searches of offices maintained by Hapeles.

The arrestees included residents of Jerusalem, Modiin Illit, Bnei Brak, Ashdod, Rechasim, and Hadera.

During the arrests of suspects in Bnei Brak, some locals clashed with police, hurling stones and other objects at officers.

Raising Money to Deprive non-Religious Parents of their Rights to their Children

Ultra-Orthodox Jews launch million-pound fundraising bid to stop children living with ‘irreligious parents’

Ultra-Orthodox Jews are raising £1m to prevent “pure and holy” children from leaving the strict faith community and living with “irreligious parents” in an “evil culture”, The Independent has learned.

The fundraising drive has been established to fund the legal fees of divorcing parents involved in child custody battles with ex-partners who want to join mainstream society.

The Independent has seen flyers for a fundraising event in the Stamford Hill area of London that call for the community to back the bid, saying: “Rescue The Children Convention: We now need one million pounds and therefore the community is requested to join in with a minimum sum of £500.”

A copy of the flyer obtained by The Independent

The flyers were accompanied by a letter of support from a local rabbi stating they wish to fight cases involving 17 children: “To our great pain, and our misfortune, our community finds itself in a terrible situation – 17 of our pure and holy children where one of the parents, God rescue them, have gone out into an evil culture, and want to drag their children after them.

“This is a decree of apostasy and this situation has motivated our rabbis who are in Israel… to come here in a personal capacity to increase prayer and to gather money for legal fees, and to achieve this a convention has been organised of prayer and also to collect money.”

Leaflet distributed in North London, calling for donations ()

The Charedi community is notoriously insular and practices a 19th-century interpretation of the faith. Engagement with the secular world is deeply taboo, Yiddish is spoken as the primary language and arranged marriages are standard practice. Men wear 19th-century Eastern European dress including long black coats and black hats, while married women must dress modestly and cover their hair.

Campaigners and former community members have told The Independent the tactical funding of legal fees tears families apart by denying those wishing to leave the religion access to their children as a punishment for no longer believing in ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

They say the practice unfairly skews child custody battles in favour of the funded parent who remains in the faith groups, rather than enabling custody to be decided on the basis of the best interests of children. Many who join mainstream society have little grasp of the English language or legal system as well as no financial resources, they are severely disadvantaged in court cases and can struggle to understand or articulate their experiences or get adequate legal representation.

A spokesperson for GesherEU, a charity supporting people wishing to leave Charedi communities, told The Independent: “[Child custody cases instigated by a parent leaving the community are] seen as a huge threat to the Charedi community, knowing that people can leave the community and take their children with them and give them a decent secular education and live successfully outside of the community.

“It is very common within the Charedi community for the religious parent to receive full financial support throughout the court process to ensure the children remain within the community. The parent who stays religious will receive fully funded solicitors and barristers with the sole intention of ensuring the children remain resident with the parent who stays in the community.”

“The religious parent will be pressurised into filing for full custody and even lie in court so that the other parent is seen as ‘an unfit parent’ and lose custody/contact with their children. Often parents who leave will experience domestic violence as the religious parent will resort to threats and emotional and physical abuse to try and coerce their spouse to remain married and living within the Charedi community.”

They added that the knowledge the community will try and keep a child with a believing parent acts as a deterrent for anyone questioning their faith and considering leaving: “An event like this is a clear warning to those thinking of leaving as well as a scare tactic: ‘If you leave we have all the money power and resources to fight you and ensure your children stay within the community are alienated from you.’ This does work to some extent and deters many who would otherwise leave knowing they will be facing a legal battle with possibly devastating consequences.”

Last year, the community came under scrutiny when it emerged one school threatened pupils with expulsion if their mothers drove them to school on the grounds that it was “contrary to the rules of religious modesty” for women to drive. An investigation by The Independent earlier this year found more than a 1,000 children in Charedi communities are attending illegal schools where secular knowledge is banned and they learn only religious texts, meaning they leave school with no qualifications and often unable to speak any English.

The Independent has seen details of legal cases brought before British Family Courts in recent years whereby the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has funded legal fees of a ‘believing’ parent in the hope that they will be given custody of the children above the other parent. In a 2013 ruling, a judge told the court: “The mother and father come from the… Charedi community of ultra-Orthodox Jews. A major reason for the marriage breakdown was that the mother no longer wished to follow the strict tenets of that community. She remains an orthodox Jew but wished for a way of living for herself and the children which allowed greater diversity of educational, personal and economic opportunity. Her wish has come at a price. Her own parents and siblings are no longer in contact with her.

“The financial cost of this litigation is significant. The mother does not receive public funding, and pays the legal costs from her own pocket. The father’s legal costs are paid for by his community and by his parents… This is a grossly disproportionate misdirection of the father’s available financial resources. It is also a wearing down of the mother’s resources. I did not make a costs order on this occasion but, if these or similar disputes are continued, the court may have to intervene with costs orders in future to prevent further financial injustice to the mother.”

A court case last year exposed the extreme pressure individuals feel when leaving the community as a woman sought to divorce her husband after alleging sexual and domestic violence, and gain custody of their daughter. Court records seen by The Independent show the woman was unable to read or write English and was represented on a voluntary basis by lawyers due to lack of funds. It is not known how her ex-husband’s legal fees were funded.

The ruling notes that the woman says she was beaten and raped repeatedly throughout her marriage but “was inhibited from speaking out about her abusive experiences contemporaneously because of the culture in which she was living… where she would have no audience and no sympathy”.

The woman told the court that when the woman attended a GP’s appointment for vaginal pain incurred by rape, her husband attended with her to translate English for her, meaning she was unable to get help there too.

She said that once she did speak out and seek custody of her child, community members spread rumours she had been sexually promiscuous. “A member of the community threw eggs at me for disclosing the violence and allegedly bringing shame upon the community,” she said. The woman was granted custody and left the country soon after to begin a new life with her child.

Imtiaz Shams, co-founder of Faith To Faithless an advocacy group for ex-religious people, told The Independent: “Faith to Faithless has come across many parents for whom leaving their faith has had huge consequences for their relationship with their children. Many have had to “go back into the closet” in terms of their lack of faith, even from their own children, simply to protect this bond.

“Leaving faith can put the financial and social weight of the whole religious community against the parent: it is part of the systematic prejudice faced by non-religious people from religious communities. Leaving the Ultra-Orthodox community can be particularly difficult as these parents can be isolated, may not know what their rights are or have the financial and emotional support required to fight these custody battles.”

He added: “We call on the Government and civil society to do more to protect non-religious parents and their children, who may not have the resources to challenge the discrimination they face.”


Newly Formed School Religious Freedom Coalition, What?


“Personally, when I hear the term “fundamentalist” used pejoratively, the picture that comes to mind is a group of people who believe that theirs is the only true path, and that anyone who does not follow their way is evil. A group which sees only two options for the rest of humanity – join us or suffer the consequences.
This is not the same as being an “extremist.” There are those who are passionate or even extreme about their own beliefs, whether a born-again Christian, devout Muslim, radical liberal or die-hard atheist. We can debate the pros and cons of each of these belief systems, but a strong conviction alone doesn’t necessarily make you intolerant of others. It is when you cannot accept that there may be another road to truth, that not everyone has to become exactly like you in order to be a good person – that is when you start to pose a danger to the planet.”

A Poetic Irony  – the Antithesis between the Religious Freedom Coalition and the Newly Formed “School Religious Freedom Coalition” and Fundamentalism

Opinion, LostMessiah June 7, 2016 [updated]

The Religious Freedom Coalition has been around for years. It is a non-profit educational organization headquartered in Washington, DC. It was founded in 1982 on right wing Christian principles.  One of its lofty goals is to Expose Terrorism, particularly where that terrorism imposes restrictions on the practice of Christianity in Muslim countries.  One of the organizations many praiseworthy endeavors is bringing Christmas to Christian refugees living in the midst of an Islamic Fundamentalist regime.

The School Religious Freedom Coalition, newly formed,  is likely to be another lobbying organization for ultra-Orthodox Jews, like OJPAC. It is probably going to be supported by larger organizations or food-stamp carrying Hasidim who want their children to be able to obtain an education unimpeded by the laws of any State in which they live. In this case, the coalition was formed in New York. Whether it intends to go national or international remains to be seen. We are not certain that the Religious Freedom Coalition will be comfortable with a competing similarly named organization that has diametrically opposed goals. Only time will tell.

We would venture to guess that the School Religious Freedom Coalition will ultimately be an arm of Agudath Israeli America or another of the similar leaning organizations that have at the core of their values a fundamentalist approach to ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As we see it the members will lobby for educational funding but non-compliance with State mandates. The members will argue against inspections of dangerous institutions justifying their arguments with claims of being targeted and anti-Semitic. They will work to keep the community as insular as possible and then will deny abuses of children when they happen.

If semantics are at play the School Religious Freedom Coalition will lobby in support of all of the things the Religious Freedom Coalition engenders, without even realizing the irony.

The Religious Freedom Coalition and the Irony of the Connection to its name…

Based upon the stated goals of the  Religious Freedom Coalition the organization want to end terror and the funding of that terror.

Thank you for participating in our program to stop the funding of Sunni Islamic “rebels” who are killing Christians in Syria.  Even if the fighters  have some great sounding name such as “Free Syrian Army” and are supported by President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, they still kill Christians just because of their faith and must not be supported.

It is our position that ending terror includes holding accountable ultra-Orthodox Jews who are willing to set fire to people to force them to daven in specific shuls. It means altering an extremist ideology that encourages keeping a father from his child’s wedding under threat of violence because the father no longer believes. It means prosecuting to the full extent of the law ultra-Orthodox Jews who in an act of hate physically beat a black man (Tal Peterson) for walking through their Borough Park community. This is terrorism.

It is almost ironic that with only a few changed words from Islamic Fundamentalist to ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalist, the Religious Freedom Coalition could still be supporting its stated goals. However, with the change in words, that organization would be deemed anti-Semitic. The Islamic Fundamentalist target is acceptable in our culture because the stereotypical Islamic Fundamentalist is also an extremist who supports violence on a mass scale.

Both organizations, the Religious Freedom Coalition and the School Religious Freedom Coalition demand a laissez faire approach to religious teachings, as noted by the use of the word “School” in the title of the latter. However the Religious Freedom Coalition is aimed at permitting Christianity to be taught in public schools and overturning the constitutional mandate of a separation of Church and State. In contrast  the ultra-Orthodox School Religious Freedom Coalition ideology (presumably) wants children to be left alone to be taught in their educational prisons, enslaved by the Torah rather than enraptured with it and denied secular subjects. Ultra-Orthodox Judaism does not want secular education even where their desire for public funding collides with the educational demands of the State in which the ultra-Orthodox live. The right wing Religious Freedom Coalition wants an education replete with secular teachings and Christian faith teachings.


A Fundamentalist Approach

We have made no bones about making the comparison between ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism. As many of us see it, the only difference is that the ultra-Orthodox Jews, at least to date, have not blown themselves up along with dozens of civilians with bombs filled with nails, glass and other sorts of shrapnel. In other words, they are not generally violent extremists. That may yet change. What is unsettling is that dozens of journalists, well-renowned newspapers, bloggers and even legislators have made the same comparison, so we are not alone in our position on this subject

Even more unsettling and also noted in our posts, it would appear that even the Islamic Fundamentalists and the worst of their extremists, ISIS agree with our analysis. They use the ultra-Orthodox who refuse to fight in Israel’s army to exemplify why Israel should be destroyed and justify its destruction.

The following are articles in papers found on websites dealing with the subject of Islamic Fundamentalism. Many of the scenarios in these articles so deeply mirror what we are seeing in ultra-Orthodox fundamentalist neighborhoods, it is frightening. We have commented below the articles marking the similarities.


flag burning
A purim celebration, another form of indoctrination

Muslim Immigrant Attacks Flag Waving American Family

Haredim in Israel burned Israeli flags on Purim. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children steal Israeli flags.  This is not a violent attack but it is derived, in our opinion on the same ideology. The disparities in our view only rest on the non-violent approach in the articles we posted. There are more than enough articles reflecting violence in our archives.


Migration Board refused to report sex crimes

We have repeatedly reported on this topic, along with so many other blogsites. Frum Follies has made a blog-career out of these reports. While it is not limited to the Islamic community or to the Jewish community, it still reflects disturbing similarities both in method and in ideological viewpoint.

Teenage girl burned alive in Murree for refusing marriage proposal

Is this really that different from the man burned by Twersky henchmen for refusing to pray in the same shul? The release of the criminal who committed that atrocity was celebrated and his marriage to a devout Twersky follower was glorified.


Uganda: Muslim kills Christian wife for leaving Islam

How many formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews are ex-communicated, forcibly removed from the community or are not permitted by threat of violence to see their children because they have chosen to leaveultra-Orthodoxy? Shulum Deen is a prime example. Was he murdered? No. Has he been given access to his children? No. Is he welcome within his former community? Again, no.


The Videos:

Below you will find 4 videos all quite similar in their rabid fundamentalism, but different in the core values supporting that fundamentalism.

The first is a discussion by a British Mullah who uses arguments to legitimize the killing of non-Muslims.

The second is a video of an extremist group of ultra-Orthodox Jews. In diametric opposition to the third and fourth video, these fundamentalist Jews not only believes in Israel’s existence but commands much the same as the Mullah, that Jews destroy everyone who is not-Jewish. While this is by far more extreme than most, it begs the question of the direction ultra-Orthodox Judaism is headed.

The third video is a rabidly anti-Zionist protest video from a different form of ultra-Orthodox fundamentalism, that which does not believe in the existence of Israel as a Jewish homeland. The comments to the video are what make it so dangerous.

Th fourth video was posted on Al-Jazeera. It ties the loop of fundamentalism and to some extent is itself the piece joining the Islamic Fundamentalist and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalist. This fourth video and its playing on Al-Jazeera represents the raison d’etre supporting the fundamentalist Muslims in their quest to destroy Israel.

In our view the distinction between the Islamic Fundamentalists and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalists rests solely with the level of extremism.


Video: Temple movement rabbi proselytizes for genocide | The Electronic Intifada

“This is what the Torah commanded us,” he explained, “‘When thou drawest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it’ [Deuteronomy 20:10]. What is meant by ‘peace’? Maimonides says that they must agree to follow the seven Noahide laws … Meaning, you ask them, ‘Do you follow the seven laws? If so, we will allow you to live.’ If not, you kill all of their males, by sword. You only leave the women.

“How do you leave them? They must all agree to follow the seven laws. And that is how you impose the Seven Laws on that city. We will conquer Iraq, Turkey. We will get to Iran, too. We will impose the seven Noahide laws on all of these places.

“You say, ‘I call upon you in peace.’ If they raise the flag [of surrender] and say, ‘From now on there is no more Christianity, no more Islam,’ the mosques and the Christian spires and their crosses come down, ‘from now on we follow the seven Noahide laws.’”

Ariel went on to suggest that Jewish people should also kill US President Barack Obama.

“Therefore Maimonides says that if you see a person in the street who does not follow the Seven Laws — this is what he says — if we have the might, you have to kill him. If you catch Obama on the street, and you know that he does not follow the Seven Laws, etc.”

A man in the audience interjected: “You are commanded to kill him.”

Ariel responds: “Sorry?”

The man repeats: “You are commanded to kill him, and the sooner the better.”

Ariel responds in the affirmative: “This is why we have Maimonides. If someone threatens you, to ruin you, to kill you, you kill him first.”

Ariel’s comments on Obama followed the reading of a long list of charges against Obama, the Pope and other world leaders, including “theft and conspiracy to conduct theft of the Land of Israel from the People of Israel” and “bloodshed, murder and standing idly by the blood of others” which “threatens the very existence of Israel, if not the total genocide of the People of Israel.”

The Sanhedrin claims the “Land of Israel” as “from the Euphrates to the Nile.” This would mean Israeli occupation of parts of Syria, Iraq, Egypt and the whole of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and Jordan, and probably parts of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Kuwait.