What would you do to solve this?
What do you feel when you watch this? What’s going through your mind when you see this growing phenomenon in Israeli society?
Video courtesy of srugim.co.il
This is what I see: The police are going to have to learn how to deal with this kind of thing because the cops in this video look totally clueless, as a civil disobedience event is clearly getting out of control. Dozens of ultra-Orthodox men [why aren't they at work???] stand at the entrance to the Orot religious girls school in Beit Shemesh and scream “Shikse” at the little girls and their parents. And the cops don’t disperse them. What these men are doing might not be illegal, but surely it can’t be legal either. Young schoolgirls and their parents should not be subjected to this. This is not, to my mind, a legitimate protest. The police are essentially leaving the citizens to their own devices. And when a working, army-going, taxpaying father taking his daughter to school, and has his daughter assaulted by non-working, parasitical, religious extremists, you can understand why he’d get angry.
But what I can’t understand is:
1. Why are the religious men so angry at these little girls? Why are they so upset? And don’t they have anything better to do? Shouldn’t they be in Yeshiva in the morning, studying? Aren’t I, and many other Israelis, paying for them to be in yeshiva studying, instead of joining the workforce?
2. Why aren’t the police rounding these extremists up into a truck and throwing them behind bars? Isn’t this a clear case of abuse?
How would you solve this problem?