Poll: 48% of haredim stand silently during Memorial Day sirens

New poll shows over half of haredim respect the Memorial Day siren.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Haredim in Bnei Brak
Haredim in Bnei Brak
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A new poll by Hadashot Haskupim showed that 48% of haredim believe that the proper thing to do during Memorial Day sirens is to stand quietly in respect, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

The poll, conducted as the outlet's weekly poll, including thousands of haredi listeners.

The results showed that 48% believe that when in a haredi is in a public place when the siren goes of, she or he should stop what they are doing and stand silently. An additional 15% said that the proper thing to do is to recite chapters from the Mishnah in memory of the fallen. Nineteen percent said they believe the siren is a custom "copied" from the gentiles and should therefore be ignored, and 18% said they completely ignore Memorial Day altogether.

The poll also asked whether participants believe Israel's Transporation Ministry and National Center for Holy Places are preparing appropriately for the upcoming Lag Ba'omer holiday.

Last year, approximately 50,000 people arrived on Friday to Meron, to spend Shabbat (the Sabbath) near the grave of Zohar author Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Lag Ba'omer.

Thirty-three percent of the poll's respondents said they believe the preparations improve each year, but that there needs to be a single government body overseeing the preparations. A similar number believe that the preparations are not satisfactory, and that if it were an event for half a million non-haredi Israelis, the preparations would be better.

However, 21% believe that the preparations are adequate and taking place as necessary, and another 13% say the government is doing its utmost to ensure things run smoothly.