They are singled out because of they way they look and dress. They are looked down upon as dirty, smelly parasites whose birthrate should be curtailed. Every negative phenomenon they exhibit, every crime or misdeed committed by one of them is highlighted and endlessly regurgitated, while the good they do is glossed over and ignored. Stereotypes and prejudices about them abound and there are websites and organizations dedicated to harassing and exposing them and their leaders for the corrupt, irredeemable scum that they are.
Are we talking about blacks in the 1950’s? No. Jews in the 40’s? Also not. We’re talking about Haredi Jews today. And who are the main culprits? Unfortunately, more often than not other Jews.
Spend just a few minutes a day reading popular English and Hebrew newspapers and blogs and listening to Israeli talk radio and these dismal facts will become clear to you. The same people who are the first to denounce bigotry and racism of any kind, be it against Arabs, Sudanese or Tutsis, have no compunction exhibiting blatant hatred toward their Haredi brethren.
Why is that? Ask them and they will surely come up with all sorts of excuses and rationalizations. “The Haredim have brought this upon themselves”, “The Haredim are guilty of this that and the other”. But one wonders: have they forgotten the lessons of history? All racists and bigots through the years have disguised their irrational hatred under the veneer of ideology and morality. The web is full of sites providing detailed “evidence” of the guilt of the Jews, Holocaust denial, and the inferiority of blacks. But we ignore them and their arguments, because, to paraphrase a famous saying, “We know a racist when we see one”. Their irrational, single-minded pursuit of the objects of their venom disqualifies them as people worth listening to.
The same should be applied to ant-Haredim. Hatred and bigotry is never okay, never right, never acceptable. We don’t grant credence to anything that comes out of David Duke’s mouth and neither should we to anti-Haredi bigots.