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Oct 29, 2013

The Chardak campaign is back sowing hatred

I have no idea if this is connected to the recent elections or not, but after a break of several months without a word or flyer against "chardakim", the campaign has gone live again.

Why do I wonder if the campaign was connected to the elections? Because the campaign went silent during the months leading up to elections, and now with elections behind us the campaign is back.

Interestingly enough, there have been accusations that the figure behind the chardak campaign was a publicist and Haredi PR person named Nuchem Barzasoky - the same fellow that ran the campaign for mayor of Bet Shemesh Moshe Abutbol. Barzosky has denied the claim, and has threatened to sue the person that revealed the information (or made it up), though I am not aware of any actual lawsuit. If it was Barzosky, it makes sense that there was a quiet period, as he was busy running an electoral campaign, and only now does he have time to get back to the chardak campaign. Furthermore, the chardak campaign could have hurt Abutbol and Haredi parties, as it might have driven potential voters away from supporting Haredi parties who have not condemned the campaign, have not done anything to stop it, or done anything to reassure haredi soldiers that they are not rejected by the mainstream haredim.

As far as I know, there is no proof it is Barzosky behind the chardak campaign.

I find it difficult to believe, also because of the timing - if he stopped and took a break because of the election campaign, how did he get this new item out so soon after elections - it takes time to prepare these things?. As well, why not wait until after everything quiets down, as the elections in Bet Shemesh might just not yet be over?

Regardless of the long-standing question of who is behind the campaign, the chardak campaign is back with a "comic book" called "Chardubim".

It is a despicable campaign that has in the past led to violence against haredi soldiers. It sows seeds of hatred in people, and especially in children. And it is not just against haredi soldiers as int he past - now it also portrays the secular community as blood-thirsty people.

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1 comment:

  1. rafi
    i saw that hardubim flyer weeks ago-before the elections.
    it was distributed in a shul here in rbs.


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