A local resident posted the following on the Safed FB page yesterday:
some people damaged a whole load of cars from one end of the old city
to the other and then up to sariya on friday night. if you heard/saw
anything unusual /or had yr car damaged even slightly (and perhaps
thought it was an accident that just happened to you alone) please let
the police know"
Well, that was disturbing enough, especially since I hadn't checked my daughter's car in the last 48 hours. (I use it once a week for shopping....I need to check it? Who would have thought?)
Anyway, one of the subsequent comments asked who they were. "local chiloni (non-religious)? local shababnik (trouble-makers)? local arse ("greasers")? what flavor of local?"
I'm not going to defend anyone who causes that kind of vandalism. But the idea that some of our community has, that trouble is always caused by "them" and never "us" annoys the hell out of me.
Where's the outrage when Orthodox trouble-makers throw stones or burn garbage cans in protest against something or another that the non-religious do? (thank goodness, not here in Safed, but elsewhere...). Where are the public protests when certain elements of the Orthodox community threaten (and worse) women who sit in "wrong" area of the bus, or don't dress according to the standards?
When I see a little more of people speaking out about that type of behavior, I'll take the outrage against the broken car mirrors a bit more seriously.