Protesting Haredi Jews flee as women strip down to their bras

Protesting Haredi Jews flee as women strip down to their bras May 24, 2019

FOOTAGE has emerged of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men abandoning a Eurovision protest in Jerusalem and  fleeing when a small group of women peeled off their tops.

Image via YouTube

The women’s action, according to this report, accomplished what the police failed to do.

Up until the women stripped scores of police, backed up by officers on horseback, had been struggling to break up a demonstration sparked by sabbath preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest final broadcast last Saturday in Tel Aviv.

Although the broadcast of the Eurovision finale started after the Sabbath,  rehearsals and production preparations took place earlier in the day.

The issuing of work permits for the event led an ultra-Orthodox political party to temporarily suspend coalition negotiations and sparked the protest which saw hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men and boys clashing with police, blocking traffic and attacking officers.

As protesters blocked roads beside an ultra-Orthodox area in the center of the city, at least four women stripped down to their bras, forcing the protesters to leave the area due to the prohibition against looking at women in dress deemed immodest.

The Haredis protest in smaller numbers every Saturday in that part of Jerusalem, where a few cafes and restaurants are open on Shabbat, and the women who confronted them work in those establishments.

Ahead of the Eurovision final, one of Israel’s chief rabbis called for those who keep Shabbat to extend their observance of the holy day by 20 minutes in response to the “great desecration.”

Image via YouTube

Meanwhile one of this year’s four Eurovision presenters, Assi Azar, above, has announced that the £23,000 he was paid for his role is to go to a gay charity –  Israel Gay Youth (IGY).

Azar, 35, who was included among the 100 most influential LGBTQ+ people in the world by the magazine OUT in 2009, decided to make the donation ahead of the contest. He said:

To host the Eurovision for money is definitely something that I won’t do. It’s for my soul and to represent the country with respect. If you can do something good with the salary that they pay, why not?

A very popular personality in his country and beyond, he has taken part and hosted numerous TV shows. He came out as gay in 2005. Five years later, he released his experiential documentary film Mom and Dad: I have something to tell you. In 2009, his name was included among the 100 most influential LGBTQ+ people in the world, by the magazine OUT.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (protest report)

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  • rubaxter

    Were they fleeing or rushing home?

    They are Wankers.

  • Brian Curtis

    At times, the misogyny of ultra-orthodox religion can be comical. The cowardice of morality police!

  • Lurker111

    If the women had actually flashed these wankers, it likely would have done them a world of good.

    /only semi-snark

  • Har Davids

    It might have ended as a crime-scene. Just think of Raiders of the Lost Ark: their faces would have melted, at least.

  • Lurker111

    I’m not sure I have a problem with that.

  • Broga

    How do these Haredi Jews manage to breed? In Victorian times the alleged advice to women was “close your eyes and think of England.” What advice would help the Haredis?

  • Michael Neville

    It’s one thing to have religious beliefs, even ridiculous beliefs. It’s something else again to try to enforce those beliefs on others. If Haredi want to do nothing but pray on the Sabbath then that’s fine. Have a nice time. But those Haredi want everyone else to obey very specific beliefs. That’s not okay.

  • Lurker111

    Whoa. The jokes here write themselves. Not touching it, as my first thought might get me banned from the site. 🙂

  • Broga

    I understand. The standards here are way above what you would have to adhere to on religious’ sites. I thought around something on prayer, followed by virgin births but decided to let it be.

  • Anri

    Did they cause any earthquakes?

    I hear that happens.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY BOOBS! With great power comes great responsibility ladies, use it wisely. In other words, get em out as often as you can! 🙂

  • 24CaratHooligan

    I believe they might do it through a hole in the bedsheet. Or I might have made that up.

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    The Talmud specifies not merely that a husband is required to be intimate
    with his wife, but sources also indicate that he is obliged to sexually
    satisfy her.

    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judaism-and-sex-questions-and-answers/

  • Contractions of Fate

    Damn. All these years and not once in my life has a bunch of young women approached me in the street while taking their clothes off! 🙁

  • Brian Davis

    I look forward to seeing the riot squad’s new uniforms.

  • llDayo

    So if you completely surround them with topless women would they starve to death with no way out?

  • Chris Hogue
  • Cozmo the Magician

    YAY TITS!

  • Cozmo the Magician

    So how the funk & wagnalls do these people reproduce? If a breast makes them run in shame should not their children have died from starvation many many generations ago?

  • johnsoncatman

    Hmmm. Sounds very much like some US religious people. That shit goes on all over the world apparently (and unfortunately).

  • Die Anyway

    Yeh, that was my first thought… Boobquake. See how they run!

  • Clancy

    You didn’t

  • Jim Jones

    Isn’t there a sheet involved? With a hole in it?

  • CoastalMaineBird

    I don’t know for sure, but I’ll chip in a dollar to help find out…

  • Raging Bee

    Some of those guys’ faces look like that’s already happened.

  • Raging Bee

    I’m sure they make an exception for private exposure at home, whether or not they admit it.

  • KB

    This is like, my favorite story ever.

  • Norman Parron

    Not only can a good set of boobs cause an earthquake they can make jews flee in terror!!
    Long live boob Power!!!!

  • Broga

    Lisa: Most helpful and informative. “Obliged to sexually satisfy her” – the mind goes into hyper drive at what that means. Especially, if a sheet is involved as Jim Jones suggests. The sexual/religious knowledge and the consequent practice of the devout provided by contributors to this site continues to amaze.

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    Oh, the hole-in-sheet bit is an urban legend.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Fear the breasts!!!

  • Connie Beane

    The evangelicals want a theocracy (a Christian theocracy, of course) in the U.S. They’re attacking on several fronts to make that happen: abortion, denial of basic civil rights to gays and others of whom they disapprove, denial of service in public accommodations to gays and others of whom they disapprove, etc. The return of “mandatory Sunday closings” is no doubt somewhere a bit further down the agenda.

  • Mythblaster

    Aiiieeeeeee, a bare breast! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

  • Broga

    The fact that it seems possible says all you need to know about religious belief.

  • John Thunderer

    They can be worse than this. On Shabbat they stone cars being driven by, as they consider driving to be a wrongful action.
    Their protest was muddle-headed, anyway. Israel is not located in Europe – so why are they allowed to participate in Eurovision?
    The real travesty is that Israel continues to oppress the Palestinian people yet is allowed to pink-wash their brutal oppression.

  • EllyR

    That is exactly what the Haredi said and dispersed to pursue some “seed wasting” in a hidden corner with a good view!

  • EllyR

    Spread your legs, close your eyes and think of Bibi Netanyahu!

  • EllyR

    The “Palestinian” people are an illusion, they are Jordanians and they are not oppressed by Israel. Do some research on Gaza!

  • John Thunderer

    It is the Israeli “people” which is an illusion – and an illegal one at that.
    The world did not accept the unilateral declaration of independence of Ian Smith in “Rhodesia”.
    The world needs to reject the illegal declaration of so-called “independence” of ben Gurion too.
    The Ashenazim are Europeans, not Asians. They don’t belong in Palestine
    The Palestinians are Asian, not Europeans. They do belong in Palestine.
    They pre-date the original Hebrews and are now partly the descendants of them.
    The Ashkenazim and other European converts have no connection at all with the Ancient Hebrews.

  • Freethinker
  • EllyR

    I will not argue with brainwashed people like you. We do not talk about the same history. Israel is a political/geographical fact even if you and your ilk think that the world should reject it. You can foam at the mouth as much as you need, Israel is a fact, “Palestine” is a dream. If the “Palestinians” predate the Hebrews, you predate the neandertal.

  • M. Reid

    That photo should become part of feminist iconography. It’s awesome. Way to go, ladies – fierce, strong, and clever.

  • John Thunderer

    See https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/Palestine_Index_to_Villages_and_Settlements%2C_showing_Land_in_Jewish_Possession_as_at_31.12.44.jpg which is a 1946 Ordinance Survey map of Palestine.
    The original data for the map – headed Palestine – is dated from 1944 – well before the current zionist dictatorship came into force.
    In the history of the area, this is the third attempt to establish a Jewish Empire after two previous failed attempts.
    In total, the earlier Jewish Empires lasted only around 140 years – nothing compared to proper empires.
    One interpretation of their failures is that the Jewish God Yahweh has abandoned them for all eternity.
    The religion today, being rabbi-led and not Temple-led, may explain why Yahweh abandoned the Jews.
    Incidentally, the 1944 map shows absolutely clearly how little of Palestine was owned by non-Palestinians.
    The 1947-1948 Nakba was an act of gross land-theft by the cut-throat murderous zionist terrorists.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    In most bible belt states – “Blue Laws” have been enforced for all of my 82 years. (No liquor stores open on Sunday, bars closed Sunday mornings , and no supermarket or convenience store sales of beer and wine Sunday mornings. No gambling or professional sex commerce ANYTIME here in Texas – and likely elsewhere. “Fornication” still illegal in several states (altho rarely enforced because most Christians do it) And yet —– 17 states have no minimum age at which girls can be married. Simply ridiculous!