As someone who lives in Jerusalem, and goes thru the Hareidi stronghold of Meah She'arim on an almost daily basis, I feel compelled to defend my fellow Jews. I personally know dozens of Hareidim, both men and women, who do work. Walk into the shops in the neighborhoods of Meah She'arim or Bais Yisroel, and see for yourselves. The "hardcore" Hareidim who completely disassociate themselves from the state DO NOT TAKE ANY MONEY from the state. Most of the Hareidim do vote. I personally saw many campaign posters in Hareidi neighborhoods during the campaigns leading up to the last election. They have a right to form political parties to push their agenda just as the secular do. Why is Degel Hatora (the main hareidi party) any worse than Shinui or Meretz, who openly spewed their hatred of the Hareidim?
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