An ultra-religious party in Israel’s central Knesset is pledging to stop violence against non-Orthomani Jews and to work toward ending violence against women, a move that is drawing praise from the country’s ultra right.
In a speech Thursday, the Knessite Knessets ultra-nationalist Shas party promised to stop “the violence and intimidation that is a common feature of the ultra-orthodox movement” and said the party will work toward strengthening the countrys laws to protect women and protect women from sexual harassment.
It also pledged to “ensure the equality of all citizens and respect for the rights of the family” in the ultra Orthodox community, which has grown in number and influence in Israel in recent years.
“The ultra-conservative Shas Party will not tolerate any form of violence against any citizen, irrespective of religion, race or ethnicity,” the party said in a statement.
“This includes the violence that is common to the ultra orthodox movement and it is a problem that is rooted in our culture, which is the source of the violence.”
The Knessites ultra-right is a powerful and influential faction in Israel that believes that Judaism and its laws should be enforced through violence.
Its ultra-violet, or ultra-liberal, rhetoric is at odds with the government’s more liberal stance.