On the eve of Yom Kippur, hundreds of demonstrators prevented the Kol Nidre prayer from being held in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Square, following an attempt to separate men from women. Among the dozens of men who came to pray in separation was Globes publisher Alona Bar-On, who appeared alongside her husband, Channel 14 presenter Shimon Riklin. According to several web surfers, journalist Yedidya Meir was also present. It should be noted that none of them are residents of the neighborhood.
This does not stand in a vacuum: since the beginning of the regime coup, Globes has taken a position that can be called "conservative," at a time when most of the newspaper editorial boards are fighting against the government's moves. Globes was also among those who first framed the issue of "trust in the justice system" as a problem that needs to be addressed.
The worshippers came with the intention of holding a separate prayer despite the court's decision to reject the petition by the prayer organizers from the Rosh Yehudi meeting to erect an official partition, after the Tel Aviv municipality decided not to allow it for the first time in four years. Despite the court's decision, the worshippers erected an improvised partition at the site using flags and created a barrier from flags.
Across the street, demonstrators in Dizengoff Square shouted "shame" at worshippers and yeshiva leaders. Later, footage of the couple was circulated on social media, which received harsh reactions from the liberal wing.
The Tel Aviv municipality's position on prayer was complex. Although in previous years she turned a blind eye to the issue, this year she opposed placing the partition. In a decision by the Tel Aviv District Court, sitting as the Administrative Court, Judge Hadas Ovadia ruled that "the mitzvah of prayer will not be harmed if the petitioners do not pray in the manner requested by them while segregating them in the public space." Jewish Head appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, which rejected the appeal.
The religious website "Srugim", which first published the affair, quoted claims by journalists and public figures in Religious Zionism, claiming that it was racism, one of them being Dr. Yehuda Yifrah, who wrote "racism, arrogance and stupidity with a knitted kippah. Yuck"
Meanwhile, during the holiday, there were those who mentioned on social media that none other than the heads of the "Jewish Head" organization for repentance, Yisrael Zeira, was previously behind a racist advertisement video for a religious Zionist construction company that presented a campaign "No Mizrahi Neighbors."
This is a 2015 campaign by the national-religious construction company B'Emunah, which published a video advertisement for their housing project in Kiryat Gat, but the video contained racist motifs and was taken off the air.
The video shows a "white" religious family lighting Hanukkah candles, when suddenly one of the neighbors knocks on the door and asks for a product with a pronounced oriental accent, not understanding what the menorah candles are and thinking it is a "barbecue." The neighbor calls another neighbor "Abergel", they enter the apartment and make marshmallows over the menorah candles. All this while the father, the family and the family look shocked and shocked by the uninvited neighbors who broke into their apartment.
In this segment, the narrator is heard saying: "Want neighbors after your heart? Knitted ones have a new home. Join the Carmei Gat religious Zionist community today. By faith we build a community for you."
The narrator in the video is none other than the company's owner, Israel Zeira, who at the time also served as a member of the Takuma party headed by Minister Uri Ariel.
The religious website "Srugim", which first published the affair, quoted claims by journalists and public figures in Religious Zionism, claiming that it was racism, one of them being Dr. Yehuda Yifrah, who wrote "racism, arrogance and stupidity with a knitted kippah. Yuck."
Following the allegations, the video was taken off the Internet.
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