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Verbal Attack on Charedi Soldier Signals Renewal of ‘Chardakim’ Campaign

One rabbi has decreed that wearing an IDF uniform is tantamount to wearing a cross medallion.
The Chardakim campaign attacks Charedi soldiers who dare enlist in the IDF.

The Chardakim campaign attacks Charedi soldiers who dare enlist in the IDF.
Photo Credit: Kikar hashabbat

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The website Kikar Hashabbat, which has been consistently hostile to the new draft legislation, announced Saturday night that the loosely organized campaign against Charedim who dare enlist in the IDF is back: a group of yeshiva students riding a bus in Jerusalem ganged up on a Charedi soldier, calling him “Chardak” and saying: “You’re polluting the air.

The slur Hardak is an acronym for “Charedi Kal Da’at” – and kal da’at is translated as frivolous, flippant, fickle, lightminded, lightheaded, featherbrained, and flighty. A common insult to women in our sacred texts is that “Da’tan kalah” – they are intellectual lightweights, or that they are easily tempted and seduced.

So the slur is fairly cerebral, nothing about anyone’s mama or hygiene, but in the Haredi world where the brain is by far the most prized body part, it stings.

Also, the name “Chardak” sounds like the Hebrew word “Chaidak” – germ (hence the comments about air pollution).

The poster reads "Hygiene Watch: This area is free from Chardakim"

The poster reads “Hygiene Watch: This area is free from Chardakim”

The Chardakim campaign began this year, as a response to the “equal burden” drive of the Netanyahu government. It involves leaflets with written attacks alongside fairly nasty cartoons. One cartoon shows a Charedi soldier walking on all fours and being led by a rope, with the caption: “Like sheep to slaughter.” The campaign has also involved spray painting the warning “Dangerous, contagious Chardak lives here,” on buildings in B’nei B’rak and Jerusalem where enlisted Charedim reside.

The IDF has complained to the police about the campaign of harassment against its soldiers, but the police could not fins any actual calls for violence against the soldiers, and so says it does not have reason to arrest anyone.

One Satmar rabbi, Moshe Ze’ev Zarger, has decreed that Charedi soldiers in uniform must be chased out of synagogues, since wearing an IDF uniform is tantamount to wearing a cross medallion (Sarah Silverman – get into your olive drabs).

This illustration imitates warnings on Israeli cigarette packs: "Warning! Torah research has determined that the chardakim pollute the environment, causing their parents heart attacks."

This illustration imitates warnings on Israeli cigarette packs: “Warning! Torah research has determined that the chardakim pollute the environment, causing their parents heart attacks.”

Over the month of Elul, when religious Jews try to restrain their baser impulses, there has been a lull in the Chardakim campaign – at least in the media. But it appears that as soon as the holidays have passed, it’s back to the war.

The Charedi soldier who was verbally attacked on the bus last night said: “It angers me that I and my friends risk our lives every day for the security of Israel’s citizens and that’s the treatment I’m getting when I come home for Shabbat.”

Well, it angers us, too.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Verbal Attack on Charedi Soldier Signals Renewal of ‘Chardakim’ Campaign”

  1. Stanley Blum says:

    The name callers must belong to ""Nutters Anonymous "

  2. truthseekr says:

    The Charedim just confirmed their hypocrisy, withholding their hatred against Charedi soldiers just for the holidays. They are becoming more disdained by the rest of Israeli society for their hypocrisy. The writer of this piece said it all when he said the brain is the most prized body part. I think Torah points to the heart as the most prized body part. But these guys show their brains are not attached to true Torah. Who would want them in the army? What a waste. When will they wake up to the consequences of their baseless hatred?

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    These non-Rabbis are disguised Jews for jesus and Arabs. They walk safely in Arab neighborhoods

  4. Aldo Mimoun says:

    Haredim should be treated just like foreigners in Israel. They should have their citizenship revoked. They should not be allowed to vote, nor should they receive any financial from the Israeli government. They hate it anyway.
    They should be prevented from attending religious schools for more than 2 hours per day. They should be strictly supervised just like the arabs. They are a threat to secular Israeli society just like Hamas. All their schools should eliminated . Let them learn that there is more to life than Torah study. There is a world out there. The government of Israel should make every effort to free haredi women from their enslavement at the hands of their husband or fathers. The threat to Israel's security is real from within, and haredim are as dangerous as Hamas and Hezbollah if not more.

  5. I totally agree with you .They are fanatics as much as the Muslims.

  6. Mark L. Shane says:

    deport hareidis along with shahadis. end of problem.

  7. JOSHUA BETHEL says:

    There is a clear call for “non violence” in the biblical literature, unfortunately we live in a world where “violence is prized and rewarded” and so the “hypocrisy” of the world needs to be “exposed” for what it is,  MBE states that “success in error is failure in truth”, and it is very sad that people have to have their freedom defended at the point of a gun, bayonet or missiles in Silos, but until human beings have learned not to hate, no other means seems to be reasonable at present!

    I am offering a more open dialogue about HATRED and how it is sponsored by the secret societies that rule the planet,  but so far all I get is:

    We cannot be open about violence and how it has “succeeded where peace has failed” no we cannot openly “express our desire to oust evil wickedness” because evil wickedness has given us the world we live in, whether we like to admit it or not, so are we finally going to have a dialogue about the need to defend ourselves with weapons of war, or is that just another thing that is going to be swept under the rug of history just like the willingness of the kings to murder MILLIONS OF JEWS so that they could be the T-Rex of our world instead of the COUNCIL OF LEARNED ELDERS IN ZION, our council that claims we are “not more qualified” but also “less guilty of blood shed” than the kings are, that claim that “MURDER, TREASON, GENOCIDE, BANK ROBBERY” if kept quiet “qualify any secret society” in maintaining their power in the world!

  8. JOSHUA BETHEL says:

    I HOPE THE PUBLICATION OF THE

    “INTERNATIONAL MASON, THE WORLD’S FOREMOST PROBLEM” WILL PROVE ONE THING,  

    VIOLENCE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST WAY TO RULE THE PLANET, but it is the way it is currently ruled, that much even my own publication will admit gladly and without any kind of remorse!

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