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Posted on Jun 17, 2010
AP / Ariel Schalit

Tens of thousands of dark-suited ultra-Orthodox protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak on Thursday, angry at the arrest of parents who refused a court order requiring their children of European ancestry to go to school with Jewish children of Middle Eastern ancestry.

Haaretz:

The demonstrations were called after the High Court of Justice handed down a two-week jail sentence to parents in the settlement of Immanuel who refused a ruling requiring the Ashkenazi (European origin) and Sephardi (Middle Eastern origin) girls to study in the same classes.

Protesters snarled traffic in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, crowding onto balconies in city squares, waving posters decrying the court’s decision and proclaiming the supremacy of religious law.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 18, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

When I read about this, I wanted to vomit. Our very own Jewish Taliban.  These people have chosen to be monsters.

They are the opposite of everything I hold dear.  The only thing they share with me is they are Jews.

They will be the death of us all, these bastards.

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By Robert, June 18, 2010 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

For an Ashkenazi Jew to marry a Sephardic Jew is frowned upon in Israel. Sephardics Jews mainly come from North Africa & Arab countries.

In Apartheid Israel where racism & discrimination are as transparent as daylight, Sephardic Jews are looked upon as second class citizens. Arabs, Moslems, Christians are 3rd & 4th class citizens. They get the menial jobs if they are given any at all. Ashkenazi Jews are given first choice.

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By MeHere, June 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

There’s been a lot of animosity among various groups in Israel for a very long
time. There has also been an increasing level of corruption. And yes, there are
needy Israelis.  All things considered, it’s not the best place for Jews to live in.
Many have left while others don’t have any other choice but stay there. A large
number would leave if they could. The utopia is unravelling.

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By Peter Knopfler, June 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

My back ground is Ashkenazi Jew the bond between two cities Mother Vienna father Budapest, Austro-hungarian Jew, thats me. Yes FREEDOM of expression, for Jews is all important, slavery 2000 years, Inquistion 400 years, ghetto living 800 years, holocaust, no freedom, the book the printing press the cell phone the google-facebook, jewish finger prints all over the concept and practise. For some education and how, what you tell your children becomes a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of expression, has no limits or boundaries, as long as Iam harmless, leave me alone. There is minimal 5 different types of Jews in Israel all of which have One common denominator, Freedom of Life! when you have a Tribe!, 5770 years old, your tree of life will have many branches. Just as the difference between the Pope-Catholics and Protestants (the right to protest), both very different, yet worship the same Rabbi of Nazareth, on the cross, yes folks they Kneel before the Jew on the Cross. Israel is a small place For many BIG IDEAS!

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By byrams, June 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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I visited Israel twice in the 80’s and yes- they were socially segregated. Darker Middle Eastern Jews are called “Sephardic” and European Jews “Ashkenazi”. In general, the guy in the office is Ashkanazi and the guy working in the garage is Sephardic.
Then lower are the Israeli Arabs, even if they were well to do or successful, they had to bank in Jordan because Israel can take over their bank accounts just with a suspicion. The lowest- the Palestinians were diggin’holes and building buildings- cheap labor. But like us- they are a Democracy. They have a plethora of right wing zealots immigrating into Israel for 2 decades, and they have been a nightmare for that country’s Peace movement.

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By johnnyfarout, June 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment

Israel is a hot bed of racism. Who knew?

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By cyrena, June 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Do I detect a bit of internal racism in the Zionist
State? It would almost be funny if it wasn’t such a
hypocritical farce.

And what’s this ad I see on the Haartz site,
requesting help for some of Israel’s most desperate.
They have 5 million people. We send them a minimum of
$3 BILLION a year. Why is anybody desperate in
Israel? Hell, even the dogs and cats should have
their own castle at that kind of wealth.

Oh, that’s right. They spend all of our loot on WMD
to bully the rest of the world with.

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By moonraven, June 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

So, the truth has been made manifest:  most of the Jews in Israel are anti-semites!

Not news to me.

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By Ed Harges, June 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

“Eeeeuuuuwwww” they scream,” actual Semites! We can’t be associated with
people like that!...”

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By Ryan W, June 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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Hahaha, “The Ashkenazi parents insist they aren’t racist, but want to keep the classrooms segregated, as they have been for years”

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By Hulk2008, June 17, 2010 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Hey, Mike3:

Doesn’t the US get a partial pass for saving all those eastern European muslims in Bosnia etc. ? 

Seems that some folks (especially followers of Islam) have VERY short memories and are way short on the gratitude scale.

P.S. I was/am a total opponent of the Iraqi invasion-occupation.  And I want us out of Afghanistan ASAP.

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By ibh, June 17, 2010 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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The irony - we give our hard earned tax dollars to these converted nut cases so they can do this.

She shame!!!!
As Helen Thomas said, go back where you came from.

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By skulz fontaine, June 17, 2010 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

Actually, the uber-Orthodox were protesting Ethiopian Jews attending the school.
The uber-Orthodox were calling the Ethiopians “nigger” and oh hell yes that’s
true. Jeez Truthdig, don’t gloss over their racist hysteria.

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By Mike3, June 17, 2010 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

So the Jewish and gentile neo-cons and American Zionists went to all that trouble, to redirect America’s foreign policy so it would fight Israel’s wars and destabilize the whole Middle-East. Killing all those hundreds of thousands of Muslims while quietly stealing land from the Palestinians: for THIS? Well, that’s chutzpah pal!

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By aloysuis, June 17, 2010 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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Same shit different pile.

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