United Torah Judaism parliament member Meir Porush arrives for a meeting of the Council of Torah Sages regarding the recruitment law in Jerusalem on October 14, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** מועצת גדולי התורה כינוס מאיר פורוש יהדות התורה חוק הגיוס

United Torah Judaism lawmaker Meir Porush has expressed outrage after two men attempted to attack him.  Porush told a news site that as he made his way from his home on a Jerusalem street, two men on electric scooters approached him and asked him to verify his name.  When the 66-year-old Poursh confirmed his identity, that’s when one of his attackers took action.

 “They came at me with scissors,” he told a local news site in Judaism.  “What is that?” My suit still has a hole from the scissors. I managed to push the man away, and he didn’t reach my beard, but if the scissors had gone into my eye? What then?”  Porush said it was his yell for help that might have saved him. “I screamed with all my might, and I saw he was afraid. Then he got back on his electric scooter and fled.” 

In Porush’s country, if a man shaves his beard, that’s a sign of shame and disrespect for ultra-Orthodox men, given that beards have religious significance.  During the Holocaust, Nazi soldiers would humiliate Jewish men by roughly cutting off their beards in public. “I’m still afraid. It was not a simple thing,” Porush told the site Zman Yisrael.

The police have yet to locate his attackers, but Porush remains optimistic that the men will be brought to justice.  “It was [right before] Yom Kippur, and then it was Shabbat,” he said. “There have only been four [working] days. I hope they will catch them soon.”

MK’s Meir Porush and Uri Maklev seen during a plenary session at the assembly of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, July 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** כנסת דיון מליאה דיבור מדברים מאיר פורוש אורי מקלב

In 2018, sources say Ultra-Orthodox extremists had assaulted Porush when he accepted the role as deputy education minister. The angry mob of ultra-Orthodox became enraged after Porush supported the Israeli draft laws that increased the quota of ultra-Orthodox men who would serve in the army.   In 2018, a video was reportedly discovered in which Porush was seen fleeing from several dozen men who chased him out of a neighborhood and damaged his car.

“There is no tension among the Haredi community against me,” Porush told Zman Yisrael. “There aren’t any current fights. There are no billboards against me in the streets. There is no major controversial issue on the table. I really don’t know why they attacked me like that.”

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