Daily Israel Report

Clip Returns Fire On 'Official' Hareidi Protest Video

New clip flips propaganda video around, shows hareidi soldiers juxtaposed with 'worthless pursuits' of hareidi protesters.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 3/7/2014, 1:28 PM

A new video clip, posted to YouTube on Thursday, fires back at a video which claimed to be the "official" clip of the massive hareidi protest, held this Sunday in Jerusalem to oppose new IDF enlistment laws.

Like the first clip, the response features the song "We Get up Early" by Shlomo Cohen.

However, this time the lyrics of "We get up early and they get up early; we get up early to study Torah, they get up early for worthless pursuits," are timed to show hareidi soldiers to the words "to study Torah," juxtaposed with images of hareidi protesters to the words "worthless pursuits."

In addition to supporting hareidi soldiers in the service of the Jewish state, the clip takes jabs at Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri, showing him in prison. Deri was sentenced to three years in jail in 1999 for taking bribes; he was released in 2002.

The clip also showed hareidi MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) handcuffing himself to the Knesset podium last July as a "worthless pursuit." The incident occurred during the debate in which the "Perry Law" passed its first reading, the bill being an attempt to draft hareidi men into the IDF.

The initial protest clip raised an outcry in its negative portrayal of IDF soldiers' actions, as well as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's warning about the Iranian nuclear threat, as "worthless pursuits."