A group of social protest
activists led by Daphni Leef
arrived in Bnei Brak on Thursday to recruit members for their campaign but were met with a wall of indifference.
"I have come here to ask you to take part in the social protest, our country is collapsing and people are weighed down by the burden," Leef said but was unable to generate interest among the city's ultra-Orthodox residents.
The other activists chanted "Haredim and seculars refuse to be enemies". They stressed they were not fighting the haredim but the government and the high cost of living.
Social protest activists in Bnei Brak (Photo: Raanan Ben-Zur)
The group called on the haredi public to take part in demonstrations marking a one year anniversary to the social protest on Saturday.
Among the speakers was Rabbi Binyamin Ben-Yishai who said he served in the reserves before becoming religious and is now protesting the high cost of living on behalf of the haredim. "The economic distress is a threat to entire Jewish people," he said.
Despite the efforts, only a few ultra-Orthodox residents, excluding representatives of the haredi press, joined the protesters. After hearing the activists out, most of the residents went back to their Shabbat preparations.