The whole Israeli chareidi community, as well as many traditional individuals, have joined a grassroots boycott that was begun against Angels’ bakery.
The boycott was initiated after Omer Bar-Lev, the chairman of Angel’s directorate and a former minister of public security, demonstrated outside Rabbi Gershon Edelstein’s Ponovezh Yeshiva residence on Thursday morning.
IDF reservists and veterans who opposed the proposed haredi enlistment law coordinated the protest.
Early on Thursday, there were calls for a boycott, and several essential yeshivas declared they would stop doing business with the corporation.
The Hevron Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Yeshivas Netiv Hadas – Kaplan, Yeshivas Toras Ze’ev Solovechik, and other yeshivas were among the yeshivas who said they would end their relationship with the bakery.
With the Hevron Yeshiva alone having over 1000 students, each yeshiva that breaks connections with the bakery could result in hundreds fewer regular bread orders. Numerous shops in the Chareidi neighborhoods canceled orders from Angel’s.
The former minister’s attendance at the rally was denounced by Labor Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur (Shas): “Freedom of expression isn’t the freedom to dishonor.
There is no way to forgive Omer Bar-Lev and his privileged clique for defaming the Torah by protesting outside Rabbi Gershon Edelstein’s home. Omer Bar-Lev made significant contributions to Israel’s security.
Therefore, it hurt me to watch him shame himself in the past and use the IDF to sow discord among the people.
The charedi community has made a significant contribution to Israel, and no amount of protest will be able to undermine the efforts of our many charitable organizations, which support all Israeli citizens.
It was further stated by Deputy Minister Uri Maklev (UTJ) that “someone who was in public roles like a politician and a minister in the government and is now in a managerial and commercial position is expressing extreme opinions about the haredi and right-wing publics, attacks a public, comes to protest, and is an active participant in the incitement against the haredi public must pay the price.”