Daily Israel Report

Neturei Karta Launches Campaign to Tear Down Bus Ads

Extreme anti-Zionist group calls to cause 'insurmountable' damage to the State following deal with Egged to fight vandalism.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 5/30/2014, 10:48 AM

Neturei Karta demonstration (file)
Neturei Karta demonstration (file)
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Anti-Zionist extremist group Neturei Karta has begun a fervent campaign against Egged, Walla! News reports Friday, calling ads featuring women on their bus lines "abominations." 

The campaign is nothing new for the group, which is infamous for publishing inflammatory views against the State of Israel and meeting with Iranian leaders, and even spying against Israel for Iran.

However, the recent campaign reawakens tensions between the group and the government, after the State agreed to compensate Egged for any damage caused to its buses as a result of graffiti or other extremism-related vandalism. 

Neturei Karta members published a pamphlet outlining a plan, which involves tearing down advertisements with women on Egged buses across the country over the next five days. The group will particularly focus on buses running through hareidi neighborhoods in Jerusalem, such as Mea Shearim and Geula.

One of the group's leaders told Walla! that the ads cause "spiritual damage to children and adults who see them," and that it's their religious duty to remove them "at all costs." He also warned the police that attempts to stop the vandalism campaign will "lead to serious consequences." 

The campaign has the potential to pick up steam, he said. 

"More and more people have been coming out to help us," the official insisted. "If we see the trend [of featuring women on ads] strengthening, we will tear down every ad - even if it features (the late) Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef."

"We are doing all this to make sure that we cause insurmountable damage to the State," he added proudly.  

Neturei Karta opposes the existence of the State of Israel based on the assumption that an independent Jewish state prior to the coming of the Messiah is sacrilegious.

It has regularly aligned itself with extremist Islamist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations.