'An IDF soldier wanted to buy a Torah book'

Yair Lapid protests on Facebook: An IDF soldier, son of a former MK, was attacked for attempting to buy a Torah book in Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rescuing the IDF soldier
Rescuing the IDF soldier
Group of extremist haredi protesters

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid on Sunday morning posted on his Facebook page about the Friday attack on an IDF soldier in Jerusalem's haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

"Former MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) has a son, Shlomo," Lapid wrote. "He's a great kid, he's an IDF soldier, and he's a normal haredi just like his dad."

Lipman served as a Yesh Atid MK in Israel's 19th Knesset.

His son Shlomo, on his way home from base for a Shabbat off, decided to stop and buy a book for Shabbat.

The only place this book can be purchased is in Mea Shearim.

Shlomo arrived at the store and began looking through the shelves, as he had done so many times previously. However, this time, he was in uniform.

Only a few minutes had passed before dozens of bullies arrived, closed off the entrance to the store, and began screaming, "Haredi trator! Dirty soldier! Get out of here!"

Some of them entered the store.

Meanwhile a store worker said, "Come with me," and ran with Shlomo down the steps and out the store's back entrance to a different street.

The bullies realized their target had disappeared, and began running in all directions, throwing stones. People came out onto their porches, screaming and cursing at Shlomo.

There were a lot of children and several women.

"Come with me," one Toldot Aharon hasid told Shlomo, leading him through the alleyways. A few other haredim came up to the pair and told Shlomo "not to worry." One of them hugged him.

A United Hatzalah ambucycle soon arrived and began accompanying them.

Meanwhile, the bullies and children continued to chase Shlomo and his escorts. Soon Israel Police arrived together with an ambulance, in which Shlomo was escorted from the neighborhood.

"An IDF soldier, in a Jewish country, wanted to buy a Torah book," Lapid wrote. "The soldier, Dov Lipman's son, was attacked."