Solidarity With Orot Banot
The struggle for Orot Banot will (literally) take a step forward, with the large demonstration planned for Sunday evening.
This follows the "Gigantic Demonstration" (Hafganat Anak) of the kannoim/extremists on Wednesday night.
That rally was attended by an estimated 400 people, including many children. By most accounts, this falls far short of the "anak" title, and must have been a set-back for the kannoim.
Regretfully, it was also attended by a clutch of otherwise respectable rabbonim.
The scandal of the blessing-of-silence of the mainstream Chareidi community on the behaviour of the extremists, continues and was epitomised by Rav Malinowitz' evasive article in this week's Chodosh free local newspaper.
Rav Malinowitz' previous column last week ramblingly promised to address the issue of Orot Banot, and seemed to propose a moral equivalency between the young girls of Orot (who wish to attend an orthodox school), and the extremist kannoim (trying to kick the girls out of the school while hurling physical and verbal abuse at them). "These are holy, and these are holy".
Rav Malinowitz stepped back from the brink in this week's column, and wrote that he'd decided to avoid the subject entirely by writing about something entirely different (I don't recall what).
The one positive example of moderate Chareidi leadership has been set by the lone-voice of Council Member R.Eli Friedman of the Tov Party, who has published clear public statements, in support of the girls of Orot Banot, and slamming the behaviour of the kannoim.
The Demonstration on Sunday evening, from 18:15 till 19:15 is aimed to bring together all non-extremist elements of our city - to promote tolerance and mutual respect - and to give chizuk to the embattled young girls of Orot Banot.
Kudos to the organizers - in particular Rav Dov Lipman and his team!