JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Radio anchor Ron Koffman, who has in the past made pejorative references to charedim, spoke out on his program Tuesday terming them “Cancer in the Israeli public arena”.
Koffman said that “We need to clean up internally, all the Eichlers. 13 percent of the public are a cancer in the Israeli public arena.”
Shas head Aryeh Deri responded to Koffman, stating that “To term a huge Jewish community a ‘cancer’ is a terrible deterioration, reminiscent of what our enemies did to us in the diaspora, when they denied Jews’ humanity and allowed their blood to be spilt freely. These are terrifying and shocking statements which must be utterly denounced and repudiated. It is forbidden to let any difference of opinion lead the public discussion to such a level of incitement.”
The B’Tzalmo organization has called in a letter on the ombudsman of the news corporation, David Regev to initiate suspension proceedings against Koffman.
B’Tzalmo head Shai Glick said that “There are no words to describe the shock when a news reporter in the state of Israel dares to call his brothers and members of his nation the most derogatory term in the arsenal of expletives – “cancer”.
“Cancer is a foreign item which entered the body and is destroying it. The charedim are an integral part of Israel’s citizens. It is unthinkable that a radio anchor should stand up and rant against Israeli citizens just because they are charedim.
Moreover, Ron Koffman is welcome to visit the oncology departments in various hospitals around Israel and there he will find many charedim but not as cancer patients but rather as members of organizations that help cancer patients- both Jews, Arabs, religious and secular.
“This man should be immediately suspended, and I hope that while he is suspended he goes around the oncology wards in hospitals and sees the amount of charedi voluntarism and understands that he was mistaken,apologizes and begins to volunteer himself in these organizations.”