There so many reasons why the ultra-Orthodox are mistrusted and often feared: but at the heart of this is the political power and influence wielded by observant Jews, of which the ultra-Orhodox are most visible ( even if many of them are utterly uninterested in general...). This has been an increasing trend in Israel, linked to both its electoral system and to the growth in the Orthodox population. Israel has modelled itself quite rightly on the Western democracy model, but when it comes to the division of religion and State, has not yet modenised. Paradoxically, and sadly for Israel, in a multi-ethnic vibrant city such as New York or London, the ultra-Orthodox are far more part of the human wallpaper of such cities.
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from the article: Anti-Semitism is rearing its head in Tel Aviv