The Manof Jewish Information Center demanded that Attorney
General Eliakim Rubinstein bring Professor Uzi Arnon to
justice. Arnon made vicious, inciting remarks against the
chareidi community. The complaint refers to remarks which he
made during a program on the Israel Radio's First Channel to
the effect that: "All of those dossim should be thrown
into the sea."
The term "dossim" is a slang term that refers to
Ashkenazi chareidim specifically and has come to refer to all
chareidim in general.
The complaint sent by Manof's lawyer, Amran Kabiri, notes
that this is not the first time that Professor Arnon has made
provocative remarks against chareidim. In the past, he issued
a call to "string up the chareidim on lampposts."
Manof demands that the Attorney General not play favorites as
in the past. As is recalled, someone who once urged using
violence against Yossi Sarid was arrested, investigated and
brought to justice in a criminal court.
In the appeal, the danger imbedded in the Prosecution's
tendency towards bias in its attitude toward the chareidi
minority -- something which has lead to a lack of confidence
in the legal authorities -- was stressed.
"Due to the ineptitude of the Prosecution and Arnon's
remarks, some people are liable to simply behave violently
toward the chareidim, cholila. The man must be
arrested and brought to justice immediately. He is a very
real threat to the public," Manof claims in its letter to the
As is recalled, Manof issued a report last month proving that
provocative remarks against the chareidi community result in
the perpetration of violent acts against it.
Manof notes that in the past, the Prosecution also did not
sue journalist Yonatan Gefen, who called for an intifadah
against the chareidi minority, nor did it sue businessman
Stef Wertheimer, who spurred, "rioting against the
Attorney Kabiri said that if the State Prosecutor once more
fails to take the obvious measures, "We will have no choice
but to turn to the Supreme Court with the demand that it
obligate the Prosecution to accord the chareidi minority the
same protection granted every other sector in the state."
A copy of the petition was sent to the head of the Police
Investigations Department, Commander Yossi Sadbon. Manof also
turned to the directors of the First Channel with the demand
that they not grant a public forum to a person with such
biased, extreme, racist views. Concurrently, it also appealed
to the Technion in Haifa, asking it to dismiss Arnon from his
academic position. "He does not deserve his degree and
position, and surely not to be a teacher of young students,"
Manof said in its letter.