June 18, 2012
Ultra Orthodox Jews reportedly vandalized Yad Vashem
If you have any doubts about Israel’s intra-tribal conflict, look no further than news that yesterday Ultra Orthodox Jews vandalized the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem.
Alex Klein of the Daily Beast reports:
There is a lot in the archives about Israel’s Jewish problem—or, more aptly put, Israel’s problem of trying to get two very different Jewish communities, built on different understandings of Jewish values, to live harmoniously. The 8-year-old girl spit on and insulted for not being dressed modestly enough; trashing an ice cream shop for “promoting promiscuity”; using Holocaust images in protests.
This latest news is particularly disturbing. Not just because the vandals made Nazi references to Israeli policies that don’t comport with the Ultra Orthodox lifestyle. But because of where they did it.
This isn’t the Knesset building or the prime minister’s residence. Yad Vashem is not a political arena. It is a global monument—a reminder of the worst that humanity has to offer and the strength to rebuild in the aftermath of such atrocities. It doesn’t matter that the Ultra Orthodox have a different perspective on the cause of the Holocaust, that they many oppose Zionism.