Thursday, September 10, 2015

Haredi IDF officer exposes leaders of anti-haredi enlistment harassment campaign

A haredi IDF officer who was one of numerous ultra-Orthodox military personnel subject to harassment by haredi extremists hired a private investigator to expose the people behind the harassment campaign.

Radical elements in the haredi community have in the past few years waged a vitriolic campaign of incitement and harassment  against haredi IDF officers involved in recruiting haredi conscripts, as well as enlisted haredi IDF soldiers.

The campaign has taken the form of posters, pamphlets and booklets with cartoons and other images that incite readers against haredi officials involved in promoting IDF service. These publications routinely depict such people as pigs and malign elements attempting to corrupt haredi youth.

In July, extremists published a booklet containing the names, photos and contact details of the most senior haredi figures community promoting haredi enlistment, as part of efforts to harass and delegitimize them. [...]

As first reported by Channel 2 on Wednesday night, Glickman became frustrated with the lack of progress and hired a private investigator to expose the people behind the campaign of harassment. 

The investigator, David Gabai, who cost the Glickman and his wife tens of thousands of shekels to hire, was able to gain access to the leaders behind the campaign and recorded four of them discussing the campaign and efforts to stage protests at Glickman’s home. [...]

On the basis of the recordings, Glickman has filed a civil suit against the four extremists for slander claiming NIS 2.4 million in damages.

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