Raising people's ire was the use of Holocaust imagery, as demonstrators wore "Jude" yellow stars -- similar to those that Jews were forced to wear in the Nazi era of the Holocaust, and others wore concentration camp prison uniforms.
Every media outlet in Israel reported on it the following day; how outrageous and wrong it was for Holocaust imagery to be used. The NY Times grabbed the story and ran with it (the image above is from their website)...
Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, described the scenes at the protest as “shocking and appalling.”Haaretz got into the act and quoted every politician they could find who would slam the imagery.
“The use of yellow patches and small children raising their hands in surrender crosses a red line which the ultra-Orthodox leadership, who are largely responsible people, must not accept,” he added in a statement.
Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust remembrance authority, condemned the use of symbols of the Holocaust, telling Israel Radio that it was “unacceptable.” NY TIMES
And yet...the truth is, there's only one reason everyone is upset. It's because the demonstrators are Ultra Orthodox.
When the "social justice" (tzedek chevrati) movement used the exact same imagery this past summer, no one batted an eyelash.
Opposition Leader Tzippi Livni didn't crawl out from under a rock to blast the sacrilegious usage of a yellow star. Defense Minister Ehud Barak was strangely silent. IDF Radio, Haaretz, YNET, TV Channels 2 and 10 overlooked it.
No one cares. Social Justice trumps all. And the Ultra Orthodox will be blamed no matter what they do.
The NY Times, Haaretz and YNET forgot to make a big deal out of it. (source)
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