Israeli Satire Program Incites Against Charedim Over IDF Enlistment, Raising Sharp Reactions

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In what can be seen as a malicious attempt to defame the charedi public, the Eretz Nehederet satire program included a clip about two death notification officers in the Israeli army who mistakenly knock on the home of a charedi person. The charedi, confused as to why two IDF officers are at his door, says that he is not willing to enlist in the army. He claims that he is an “only child” (with five brothers), says he studies in kollel and is therefore exempt from service, and tells the soldiers to “go and draft the Eritreans”. He adds that “its not possible by force, only through conversation.”

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The officers realize that they have made a mistake and state that they have come to inform of the death of a soldier. The charedi says: “What a relief!”, and then berates them for making a mistake between an address in Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan, adding that it is “a sensitive time”. He then tells them to “inform them that we prayed for him- we did all that we could.”

The obvious insinuation is that charedim will not have a death notification officer at their doors – and that their sensitivity is only for their own feelings and not for those of the soldiers of their families. Both these statements are patently false. Some 20 of the soldiers and civilians killed in the current campaign are from charedi families and many other soldiers continue to serve at the front line. Moreover the charedi public has mobilized in many ways to assist the soldiers- from providing critical equipment and food supplies to giving first medical responses on October 7th. A charedi ambulance driver was killed in Ofakim while rushing to treat wounded, while others bravely drove to Kfar Azza and Beeri to help evacuate the many wounded.

Thousands of charedim have enlisted in the Chetz and Netzach Yehuda brigades in recent years. Even though they wear different kippot, they are all from charedi families and their parents worry about them like any other soldiers. This disgusting attempt at satire is both divisive- pitting parts of the Israeli public against others- and offensive to the many families who have to suffer the pain of receiving such horrendous news, including one soldier’s family just yesterday.

Even secular journalists were horrified by the clip. Ran Boker, Ynet’s entertainment reporter, wrote that: “If you want to criticize charedim, go for it, it may be important and correct to do so, but between that and belittling religion itself- there is a huge difference and Eretz Nehederet missed the mark completely.

“Worse still- putting in the most tragic moment for so many families in Israel- the knock on the door and notification- is shocking, sad and superfluous. There are borders which shouldn’t be crossed even for satire. Enjoy the fact that you managed to ‘kick’ a lot of broken hearts.”

Yinon Magal, channel 14’s anchor, questioned how many of Eretz Nehderet’s own staff had served in combat units: “Check out all the cast of the program, how many of them were in combat? Did their parents not sleep at night? Do they have the right to open their mouths about knocks on the door? What nerve!” Magal queried.

 


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Hershy
Hershy
2 months ago

Calling their point “patently false” on the basis of fringe or OTD charedim who join the IDF would be laughable if it weren’t so sad. The charedi exemption from the army was ok when it was just a few hundred people. Now in such large numbers it is inexcusable and shameful. FIghting for self defense is milchemes mitzvah which is halachically incumbent on everyone even a choson and kallah

Rationlist jew
Rationlist jew
2 months ago

This one HURTS. How sad it is for a large segment of the population not to do its duty to the counry. Now their argument is – there are Charedim that enlist, we are going, this video is false.
I hear this excuse many times. Here is my question -of the thousands of yeshiva boys in Ponovitch can you name me 5 that enlisted? Then you have several Brisks how many enlisted? Then Vishnits, Belz, Reb Ariylach etc. how many enisted?
Get the point chevrah?

Accuracy Matters
Accuracy Matters
2 months ago

This is extremely pointed, but it’s far from incitement. And it reflects the facts on the ground…

Jonjon
Jonjon
2 months ago

Tying tzitzis is not serving. It is not a bad thing to do but is not serving.

Lgb
Lgb
2 months ago

I have NEVER been given a legitimate argument why Haredim shouldn’t serve.
just bad excuses

KedushaMan
KedushaMan
2 months ago
Truth Social
Truth Social
2 months ago

Ain sinah ksinas hadaas

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
2 months ago

You are all wasting your time. Charedim will never join in large numbers.

ShatzMatz
ShatzMatz
2 months ago

This is a satirical show that brings out points in extreme ways. I found the skit sharp and witty. It pointed out the true facts in an exaggerated and biting way. Chardak will now do a counter skit with the opposite message. All is fair in …..

It’s not like we’ve even seen the Yeshiva boys go pick olives in the field or deliver mail to lend a hand.

KedushaMan
KedushaMan
2 months ago

This is a sham and slander, there are Hareidim who are volunteering in the military and there was a increase since the october 7th attack. If I remember correctly in certain cases the army sent them to the police force. Which I have to question why? If you have people willing to enlist accept them though I could be wrong. A lot of things on this issue the IDF has been inconsistent on this issue. I remember at one point an IDF recruiter or spokesman stated they refused hareidi enlistment, for what reason, because it would increase the budget. Evidence of increased enlistment is below. This has been noted on vinnews website, regarding Hareidi enlistment, Yaakov M even had Yanky Farber who stated as much, as also due to psak of Rav Zilberstein one of the poskei hador. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51166

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
2 months ago

most of the “chareidim” who join the IDF went to shuvu schools and were NOT brought up frum, the 2nd group are those who went off the derech

חיים יענקל
חיים יענקל
2 months ago

The Yidden in Eretz Yisroel are not wrong.

The attitude of those calling themselves חרדים is horrible.

They want others to do the security for them…

Truly shameful.

In all Frum communities around the world we have shomrim who volunteer to protect the community. Why is it any different in Eretz Yisroel???

Why do the frum community in Eretz Yisroel feel different about their security then all other frum communities around the world????

This is the result of twisted Hashkofo.
Disgust.