Thursday, April 13, 2006

Look at this fellow.

This man to the right is Valese. Israel Vales. He is the son of a "famous Haredi family", and he's under arrest for killing his three-month old child. I do not say he is a suspect, because he confessed this crime. According to Tuesdays 'Israeli' newspaper, he was upset because the child didn't let him sleep. He 'elineated before the investigators the different ways in which he 'calmed down' the child - beatings, kickings, biting, and finally smashing the child's head against the wall.' Numerous bite marks and other signs of injury were found on the baby's body.

You would think it'd be over once he confessed. But oh no. He's now claimed he's been 'intimidated into confession'. There are now eminent rabbis coming out to his defense, claiming the 'allegations are as false as the ones the evil Europeans mounted on our ancestors'.

At last news report, people are rioting in Jerusalem, burning trash cans and demanding his release.

Only one quote is needed from Israel's media: Members of the ultra-Orthodox community have been disseminating flyers containing threats of rioting unless Vales is released by Passover eve. The community is convinced of Vales' innocence, despite his confession to having beaten his son. The flyers call for the community to "unite and protest against this blood libel" and declares the arrest to be an "evil conspiracy" devised by the "evil regime" against the "dear gentle young man."

This is the Ha'aretz report.

Observe now:

You create a welfare system designed to encourage people not to work, but instead to have 5, 6, 10 children.

You encourage people monetarily not to work, but to 'study the Torah'.

You create a community where people do not work, but have children and 'study the Torah'.

Then, in that community, people are encouraged to have children as early as possible - no matter whether they are mature enough to handle it.

This is your creation.

Israeli legislators, meet Israel Vales.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray. You're the first voice I've heard about this. What astounds me is that in not one account of this affair that I read, did a reporter actually ask the dumpster-burning community's spokespeople 1) ON WHAT GROUNDS they were protesting, other than the fact that they were embarassed by or simply didn't like the fact that a one of their own had been arrested; and 2) How they justify destroying property and endangering the public as a means of protest.

It's as if we all "understand that they're a bunch of *meshuginehs*"; therefore the normal rules don't even apply in their case. I'm not sure who I'm more outraged at: the dumpster-burners, or the press who reports it, yet doesn't question it.

8:14 PM  

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