One of the most ‘anti-semitic’ websites out there is the Yeshiva World News.
I know, I’ve said that before – on many occasions – when that website was running one load of baseless lies and defamation after another, about Rabbi Eliezer Berland and the Shuvu Banim community.
But maybe – just maybe – it was hard to believe that a website that prides itself on its good hashkofosss, and on serving a stellar readership of people deep in their lomdanusss could really be so poisonous, evil and downright antisemitic as I was hinting?
Well, let’s see what’s going on now, in connection with an awful story that occurred in Meah Shearim on Shushan Purim.
The evening of Shushan Purim, I was looking at the Israel National News website (another bad habit…) when I happened to click on a video showing ‘disturbances’ in Meah Shearim.
There was nothing warning readers that they were clicking on a snuff movie, but that’s effectively what I saw.
There was a minibus stuck in a queue of cars in Meah Shearim – as happens so very often, and always on Purim – when the driver suddenly reversed backwards, then shot forward with full gas – right into a group of chareidim that were standing between him and the car in front.
You could hear the sickening crunch as one man’s head and body were crushed in the ramming attack, while his hand was still held up in the air in the ‘stop’ position.
Of course, that poor man died of his injuries.
How could he not?
Anywhere else in Israel, any other (secular…) community in Israel, this would be called out for what it was:
A fatal ramming attack, by an Arab driver, against Jews.
But that’s not what happened here.
The State of Israel is very, very keen to demonise ultra-orthodox Jews, and to make them seem ‘sub-human’ any chance it can get.
This is not a new phenomenon, it’s been happening for years. But especially around the whole corona issue, the anti-semitic propaganda spewing out of the State of Israel about the ultra-orthodox has gone full-Goebbels.
So, propaganda sites serving the ‘orthodox’ community like the YWN and Arutz 7 started running a strange story how this poor Arab murderer was scared he was going to be lynched by a group of teenage chareidim in Meah Shearim.
I lived in that neighborhood – in one of its roughest areas – for 4 1/2 years.
I know the people there, the kids there.
The teens will spit, heckle, burn bins, stand in the middle of the road, and the odd one or two (usually egged on by a disturbed adult who is part of that group of ‘interesting’ people who act as secret agents provacateurs for the State of Israel) will very occasionally throw stones.
Not in a million years would they try to ‘lynch’ an ‘innocent Arab’ who just happened to be driving his van through the streets.
The idea is so laughable.
I’ve faced down some of those bin-burning teens when I lived there, and my daughter used to pull me away because she was scared of what I was going to do to them.
So now, what happened next?
The Yeshiva World News wrote a disgusting, anti-semitic story repeating this slur against a whole community that some Arab nearly got lynched in the streets of Meah Shearim, and that’s why he just had to crush a chareidi man to death in a ramming attack.
The usual horrible commentators (who really can’t be genuine, orthodox Jews?! I mean, please God, these people really can’t be genuine orthodox Jews…) piled in with the usual horrible antisemitic comments about teens in Meah Shearim being ‘animals’ and worse than animals.
There’s a whole big ‘dehumanising’ the sub-human chareidim in Meah Shearim’ festival going on, on the Yeshiva World News website….
Until one of the commentators (who I happen to know personally) put the record straight in the comments section.
That Arab was driving the wrong way down streets in Meah Shearim, deliberately bashing into cars – and people thought he was a terrorist, trying to perpetrate a ramming attack.
So they surrounded his car, and someone tried to open his door to pull him out and ‘neutralise’ the threat.
At that point, the Arab floored the gas and by some miracle, only killed one person, instead of the 10 who were standing in front of him.
You’d think that the Yeshiva World News would run some apology to this man’s family, show some contrition, put their hands up to repeating a totally false, anti-semitic slur against a whole community.
(OK, probably no-one really would think that about the Yeshiva World News. We know what sort of low-level scum we’re talking about here.)
But even I was shocked by what happened next.
They pulled the original article, with their ‘fake’ story and the real story set out in detail in the comments section. And replaced it with this, instead:
It’s a whitewashing piece trying to get us to feel sorry for the ‘poor Arab’ who killed a 47 year chareidi man from Mevasseret Tzion in cold blood.
The mind boggles.
People, how much longer are we going to keep making excuses for the evil going on in our midst?
Rav Berland and his community were just the canaries in the coalmine, showing us what was really going on.
We didn’t want to believe it then.
We probably still don’t want to believe it now.
But at some point, we have to stop making excuses, and look this stuff squarely in the face:
Our communities have been hijacked by people who hate Jews and Judaism.
They have big beards, they have smicha, and they usually have great yichus.
But they aren’t really Jews, and they are out to ‘divide and conquer’ by turning us against each other.
Our greatest enemies right now are truly coming from within.
And you already know this, but it bears repeating a million times over:
The media is not your friend. It’s not telling you the ‘truth’ about anything (except maybe, the date).
It’s a propaganda tool being used to control and manipulate you.
And that goes double, triple, quadruple for sites serving the orthodox community, like the Yeshiva World News.
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