I share with you an important piece of analysis by Rafi G. of the Life in Israel blog, who examined the treatment of chareidim in the secular Israeli press and a recent incident involving a secular Israeli. The general press is all agog about the headline in the charedi website Kikar Shabbos about a father, Asaf Goldring, who murdered his daughter. The headline read, “Secular Leftist Murdered Daughter.”
The headline is unusual for two reasons:
1.Generally the charedi press would ignore such incidents and not report on them at all. Violent crime is usually ignored by the charedi press, as it is considered the topic inappropriate for its audience.
2.The sensationalist title “Secular Leftist” is perceived as an attack on the secular.
Basically, too bad. It is about time.
Every time a charedi Jew, or even a DL Jew, is caught for a crime committed, the headlines in the general press always describe them as “Charedi thief” or “Charedi abuser,” etc. For other sectors, it usually drops the descriptive title, at least from the headline, and often from the article as well (you often have to figure it out based on the location – e.g. city – where it took place).
Yes, there are religious people who commit crimes, violent and non-violent. Religious people are human too, and are susceptible to the same weaknesses and temptations as anyone else. Some control themselves, and some do not and commit crimes. If the secular public can smear the charedi/religious community with sensationalist and accusatory headlines, it is about time the charedi press hands it back to them.
Gut gezokt, R’ Rafi.