This Channel Two News story is about two Ramat Beit Shemesh families, and the treatment they suffered at the hands of ultra-orthodox extremists.
The first item focuses on the Kadosh family, consisting of a single mum and five kids. Three of these kids are severely disabled by a degenerative genetic disease.
According to the report, the Kadosh family were harassed and intimidated by extremist ultra-orthodox thugs, forcing them out of their home in Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph.
The Kadosh family have financial problems, due to their situation; the local "Charity Fund" raised money for the family; the Kadosh family then obtained significant help from that local charity fund.
The thugs apparently successfully arranged with the directors of the Charity Fund for the Kadosh Family to be struck off, resulting in additional financial hardship (not to mention the emotional pain caused by such treatment).
I understand that the Kadosh family did subsequently relocate to a more sympathetic location in Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph, where they are now helped by the community.
The second family, the Browns, are a National Religious family who lived in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet; however, the Browns were systematically bullied and intimidated out of that neighborhood by thugs - and now daven in my shul (Soloveichik) in Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph.
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