Edmund Sanders reports that confrontation between Israeli Haredim and their secular counterparts has intensified of late, as the ultra-Orthodox community has begun to take root in formerly secular, urban enclaves:

“They’re not coming here just to live,” said David Shulman, who is helping to lead a neighborhood group opposed to the Haredi expansion. “They are here to take over the neighborhood.”

He said Ramat Aviv was targeted because it is known as a bastion of secularism. “If they can conquer Ramat Aviv, it would be like a jewel in the crown,” he said.


Haredi residents defend their right to live anywhere in Israel and say they are the ones who have been subjected to harassment and discrimination by the secular majority.

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