Sunday, 1 January 2012

Further Beit Shemesh/RBS Horror Stories


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.

To the Brown Family - Welcome!!


3 comments:

  1. Chana Rosenfelder1 January 2012 10:50

    a bit more about the Kadosh family - it is not only the extremist thugs who are making the kids' lives miserable now. There are regular, ordinary kids who have been exposed to adults throwing stones at cars, so now they throw stones at electric wheelchairs. Unless responsible adults and rabbis get up loudly and say "throwing stones is hillul shabbat", nothing can change

    On the other side of the wall, we cna helpteh Kadosh family - a mother raising 7 (seven) children , 6 hers and one her ex-husband's , of whom three have muscular dystrophy. The mother is the sole carer for these children. She can barely afford rent and clothing for them, never mind help "turning" the children during the night. Two of the children are already completely paralyzed in their arms and legs.
    Please, give generously to Kav LaHaim's special fund for the Kadosh family.
    And if youcan help us further this campaign, please contact me - Chana Rosenfelder, here in RBS .
    Tizku l'mitzvot

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  2. I am outraged by this report that a Tzedaka organization in RBS Aleph cooperates with mafia thugs - even giving the thugs veto on which families get, and which don't.

    What kind of a community do we live in??!

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  3. Yes, the local tzedaka organization leaders give great legitimacy to the kanoim. This link is very telling and disturbing.

    http://lifeinisrael.blogspot.com/2008/02/giving-legitimacy-to-hooligans.html

    And for the record the head of the KST campaigned actively for Abutbol to be mayor.

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