June 17th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Ultra-Orthodox in Israel take to streets over court ruling

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel were staging a protest Thursday over what they feel is the intervention of the Israeli state into religious affairs, police told CNN.

The protesters dislike a ruling by Israel's Supreme court that orders the jailing of parents of European, or Ashkenazi, background for refusing to send their daughters to a school with Sephardic girls, those from the Middle East.

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  1. peterb37

    Sephardic girls are Jewish girls , so what this amounts to is religious bigotry. Dark skinned Jews are routinely discriminated against in Israel, by the Ashkenazim, or European Jews who aren't really Jews ethnically.

    August 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  2. zaza

    These hate groups should be shown for what they are whether Orthodox religious zealots or KKK members, they are all the same.

    June 19, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  3. Huh?

    Wooow!! Jews even discriminate amongst themselves?!!? I must assign new respect for discrimination. It is intensely successful. Also I love Kevin`s comment paraphrased

    Ultra-orthodox has no place in the modern world. Shame on anyone who implicates this.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:58 am |
  4. Kevin

    Ultra-orthodox has no place in the modern world. Shame on anyone this implicates.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  5. Reality

    To "reality" – if you believed the Koran was forgery, would you be Muslim? No.

    If you believed the Bgavad Gita was a forgery, would you be Hindu? No.

    If you believe the holy Torah is a forgery, why would you be Jewish? No.

    Do you like lox and bagels? Yes.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  6. Moshe

    To "reality" – if you believed the Koran was forgery, would you be Muslim? If you believed the Bgavad Gita was a forgery, would you be Hindu?

    If you believe the holy Torah is a forgery, why would you be Jewish? You like lox and bagels?

    June 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
    • Zak from Israel

      Because Jewish is an ethnicity
      with its own rich culture and history.
      You don't have to believe in God to be Jewish.

      June 19, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  7. Moshe

    This issue has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. There were two tracks in the only school in town and it was peaceful. In most communities, you have many schools to choose from, but Emmanuel is small. Here, there was a religious track and secular track. All in the secular track happened to be Sephardi. In the religious track, there were ashkenazim and sephardim. Some of the men going to jail are, in fact, of sephardi descent! Jailing people on false charges of racism is terrible.

    What this has become is nothing less than a fully secular court system to try and find a way to break those who view Torah is paramount. It has nothing to do with racism by observant Jews (which I can't say doesn't exist in places, but not in this case), and everything to do with an out of control supreme court in Israel which oversteps it's bounds into politics constantly.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • James

      Nobody said any holy book was a forgery only that it is provably factually incorrect. That in no way diminishes its value as a religious text it only means that one should focus on the spiritual aspects of it rather than expect it to be 100% accurate in the everyday mundane world. It is the work of humans, not God, and humans are fallible...

      June 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  8. Reality

    If only the Orthodox Jews would evaluate the reality of their religion as have the 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis. A synopsis of the Conservative Jews' New Torah for Modern Minds:

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "litany of disillusion" about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  9. Dennis

    CNN, has repeatedly shown GOP Rep. Joe Barton, apoligizing for the actions our President took to protect the citizens of the Gulf. Why, haven't you shown the clip were Rep. Joe Barton, states he doesn't want to live here? Then ask him when he plans to resign and move out of our Great County.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:25 am |
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