Daily Israel Report

Another Attack on Hareidi Soldier in Jerusalem

Hareidim threw objects at a soldier at the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood. He was not hurt.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/12/2013, 1:15 AM

Hareidi soldiers
Hareidi soldiers
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A hareidi-religious IDF soldier was once again attacked in Jerusalem on Thursday.

A group of young hareidim threw objects from a car and shouted insults towards the soldier as he was walking along Shmuel Hanavi Street in the neighborhood of the same name.

The soldier was not hurt, and was able to flee the attackers and hide in a nearby house. Police officers who were called to the scene took him to a local police station, where he filed a complaint.

So far, no suspects have been arrested, according to Kol Yisrael radio.

On Tuesday night, an IDF soldier from the hareidi-religious community was attacked in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Meah Shearim. The soldier was attacked when he paid a visit to relatives in the neighborhood.

A police spokesperson said that the soldier was pelted with rocks and stones, and chased by a mob of hareidi residents of the neighborhood. He managed to get into a building and was able to call police, who arrived on the scene within minutes.

Police dispersed the mob that had gathered outside the building and rescued the soldier, who was unharmed. Rioters threw rocks at police, as well as at reporters. Residents said that police attacked them, waving nightsticks and clubbing passerby.

The attack was condemned by politicians from across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed a tough line against anyone threatening army personnel and added that "The best response to these lawbreakers is to increase the number of hareidi conscripts."

On Wednesday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz condemned the attack, calling it “a very serious incident.”

"It is very serious that a soldier was attacked simply for being a soldier and I expect the State to deal with it,” said the Chief of Staff.

Gantz noted that hareidi-religious soldiers make an important contribution to the army, adding that through a true, thoughtful and tolerant process, the IDF will reach a good agreement with hareidim that “will also contribute to the State of Israel.”