Jerusalem – Charedi extremists who have continued a sea of protests against the Israeli draft found themselves the target of harsh words by one of Israel’s most prominent roshei yeshiva, who described demonstrators as being “non-human.”
Israeli news site B’Chadrei Charedim (http://bit.ly/2y73KtA0) posted a video where Rabbi Baruch Dov Povarski, rosh yeshiva of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, was addressing a large audience Yeshiva Ohr Yisroel in Petach Tikva on Wednesday night when he made his remarks about the radical Yerushalmi Faction.
“It is up to us to know our values,” said Rabbi Povarski. “We are b’nei Torah, who toil in Torah, that are privileged to be immersed in Torah and to know that those who are outside are not human. It is up to us to pray to G-d that we will have the privilege to continue clinging to his emissaries who give over the words of the Torah.”
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2y82Sol), the Yerushalmi Faction formed in 2012 after the death of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. When Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach failed in an attempt to prevent Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman from becoming Rav Elyashiv’s heir apparent as the head of the non-Chasidic Charedi community and spiritual leader of the Degel Hatorah party, he and his followers broke off into the Yerushalmi Faction, whose confrontational public demonstrations give voice to its virulent stance that refuses to recognize the Israeli military in any way.
After the arrest of two members of the Yerushalmi Faction on charges of draft dodging earlier in October, members of the group took to the streets in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh and Tzefas last Thursday in a self-proclaimed “Day of Rage,” blocking roadways and snarling traffic for hours. Approximately 120 demonstrators were arrested in the protests.