How the Haredi Street Turned Racist and Ultra-nationalist

Why did young ultra-Orthodox men attack Arab bus drivers in Bnei Brak last month? Why might they vote for the new racist-Kahanist party list? Here's why, over several decades, the Haredim have pivoted from doves to the hard right

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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“For the first time in my life, I’ve begun to think that Rav Shach might have been wrong,” a Haredi friend said to me last week.

My friend, a staunch “Lithuanian” in his sixties, had never questioned the edicts of the late, legendary Haredi leader Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Shach before, but the scenes of violence on the streets of Bnei Brak and other Haredi towns in recent weeks had shocked him. 

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