JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A caricature published by Haaretz cartoonist Amos Biderman has caused an uproar on social media as it depicts Chareidim entering Israel with coronavirus in their suitcases. The caricature comes in the wake of the government decision to allow some 20,000 students and members of youth organizations to enter Israel for the coming academic year.
Despite the fact that many of the students are not Chareidi, Biderman chose to target the Chareidi students.
MK Betzalel Smotrich wrote that “even Der Sturmer couldn’t have made it more antisemitic.”
Another respondent wrote “it is interesting to know where the cartoonist’s pen disappeared when 15,000 people demonstrated against Bibi in close proximity and while flaunting the regulations. Ah, that was against Bibi.”
Rabbi Sholom Ber Sorotzkin, the head of the Ateres Shlomo institutions including thousands of yeshiva and kollel students wrote that: “352 antisemites added likes on this tweet. Your hatred for Chareidi Jews is much more dangerous than coronavirus. That disease will leave us one day but your hatred disease will remain forever.”
MK Yaakov Mergi (Shas) , the head of the Knesset’s economic affairs committee, wrote: “Amos Biderman, you should be ashamed of yourself. The newspaper which printed this should be eradicated.”
MK Eliyahu Baruchi (UTJ) wrote that “I am waiting to receive with joy and admiration our brothers from the diaspora, Torah students who have established their place of learning in the land of Israel.”