Emunah Women's leader slams MK for 'violent invective'

Emunah Chair demands apology for slandering National Service girls. 'Jewish consciousness was years before Education Minister Bennett.'

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Merav Michaeli
Merav Michaeli
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Emunah movement Chairwoman Liora Minka responded on Arutz Sheva to a video clip of MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union) accusing the National Service of "brainwashing".

"It's regrettable that while people speak out against violence, a video is sent with a violent message that harms girls of the National Service who volunteer and do sacred work," says Minka.

Minka calls on MK Michaeli to truly recognize the National Service project. "We're very familiar with the work of the volunteers. Emuna operates Aluma and Bat Ami; they work in schools, in boarding schools for children at risk, in welfare work, and with the elderly. To come and take a specific incident that I have no idea where it came from and turn it into a campaign against volunteers is irresponsible and I invite Meirav to get to know the work that's so important for Israeli society."

The Emunah Chairwoman rejects claims of religious proselytization allegedly carried out by National Service volunteers: "Jewish consciousness existed years before Bennett was Education Minister. The work of the National Service girls includes not only Jewish identity but also social action, social involvement, and personal commitment. Recognition of holidays, bat mitzvahs, bar mitzvahs and Land of Israel is not religioization. All the panic of the derogatory invective is misplaced. A little knowledge of Judaism and the Land of Israel won't hurt."