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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

More Riots

This article is so appalling, I will paste it here in full:
Yeshiva students attack income tax officials
Income tax investigators came under a violent attack in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on Monday afternoon, and it is believed that police saved the lives of the officials.
The Tax Authority has launched a campaign against severe violations in the ultra-Orthodox sector, and investigators raided four haredi charity centers used as fronts for changing money where hundreds of thousands of dollars have disappeared.
One of the well known centers raided usually has dozens of people seeking interest-free loans and cashing in dollars at the lowest cost in the market.
On Monday, however, the party was over, when tax officials raided the premises and photographed all the checks in the facility. At that point, however, a riot began. Rumors of the raid spread around the city, and within minutes hundreds of yeshiva students arrived.
'Things got messy'
The neighborhood residents who arrived on the scene snatched documents from the hands of the officials, attacked their vehicles, beat them, threw them on the floor and kicked them.
"All the guys from the yeshiva came and then things got messy. We bought tomatoes and threw them at the officials. The officials took
shelter in one of the houses. In the meantime we broke their windshields and slashed all of the tires. We didn't leave one windshield whole," one rioter boasted.
The tax officials called the police, who came to the rescue of the besieged investigators. One of the officials was hospitalized at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, where she was treated for shock.
A senior Tax Authority official said: "We are acting throughout the sector without fear, and we view these attempts to harm the officials with severity."

In a case that seems similar to the Brooklyn riots of a few months ago, these youths seem to feel that being held to the standard of keeping the law of the land is somehow such a horrific prospect that it is worthy of rioting over.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least they "bought" the tomatos and didn't steal them first.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Looking Forward said...

dispicable. such a chillul hashem.

why can't they just respect the law?

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this blog should be called the "us" versus "them" blog, as virtually every post by OM follows this theme, although the identity of the "us" and "them" does change from time to time.....

5:38 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Anonymous said...

I think this blog should be called the "us" versus "them" blog, as virtually every post by OM follows this theme, although the identity of the "us" and "them" does change from time to time.....


Yawn. I think this blog should be renamed the "OM vs. one troll" blog. Because you're getting boring.

5:47 PM  
Blogger projgen said...

Where does this behaviour come from? Are we raising such zealots that injuring human beings and damaging belongings has become acceptable, a rite of passage, even?

This behaviour is no better than the Muslims who burned buildings in protest of the infamous cartoons, whom we were all so quick to criticize. Sad.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Orthonomics said...

This is just appauling and the frequency of riots is quite daunting: 1) Yisrael Vales and his deceased baby during Pesach, 2) Another riot with a deceased baby when officials tried to collect a sample to determine death (see Harry Maryles blog), and 3) Now this!

If you include America's Boro Park riots, we (the collective Orthodox community) has rioted about once every 1.5 weeks since before Pesach. Ugh.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh, I didn't realize that someone made the tomatoes line before I posted about this! Darn.

10:35 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Ezzie said...

Oh, I didn't realize that someone made the tomatoes line before I posted about this! Darn.

10:35 PM


Well, it was a funny line - even the second time.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amd the worry is that we aren't saying yehei shmei rabba properly

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so I got it straight, we can't sit next to women on a plance, or even in the same section as them, and cannot be served by them, but can beat the crap out of them, rip papers from their hands and traumatize them. O.K., I got it now.

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