"Today, there is a new front in the fight for human rights. Although in America we are seeing citizens record more crimes in the streets, with their cell phones, it is not safe to do so in some places. This is a much more powerful and much, much more effective weapon. By putting the right images in the right hands at the right time, we can truly create an impact." -Oren Yakobovich During a TED Talk in October of 2014, human rights activist Oren Yakobovich discusses, in depth, one of the greatest weapons we have to fight human injustices—the hidden camera.
In another city or country, you can have your hand cut off—or worse, be murdered on the spot for pulling out your cell phone to record injustice.There needs to be a safer means to expose human rights violations, and thanks to an Israeli activist and a new organization, now there is.Born into a right-wing family, Oren Yakobovich, a former officer in the Israeli IDF military, became inspired into activism after witnessing disturbing images of injustices taking place against Palestinians on the West Bank. “It took me a while, but eventually I refused to serve in the West Bank and had to spend time in jail. I need them to see what the reality in the West Bank looks like.Shmarya Rosenberg • Failed A mikvah in Mea Shearim posted a warning at its entrance from a haredi modesty squad called the Committee for Keeping Mea Shearim a Holy Neighborhood announcing that hidden cameras had been installed inside "for preserving the sanctity of the [haredi] camp,” My Net reported.Many area residents believe the reason for the cameras is a flood of “problems with holiness” - a politically correct haredi term for sex crimes and sexual 'misbehavior' like homosexuality.
Another possible reason for the cameras cited is a number of clothing thefts that have taken place at the mikva while the owners of the clothing were immersing.The reference to the “sanctity of the camp” would then be a diversion meant to confuse the thieves, who would not have realized they were being watched.The resident who made this claim told My Net that the reason the sign was removed is because the thieves have been caught and dealt with.However, this second version of events seems unlikely to be true.The warning sign has now reportedly been removed and it is unclear if cameras were really installed and, if so, what the true reason for installing them is.A previous warning was posted in area synagogues about an unnamed sex criminal."We advise and warn that if the harasser does not turn to us and admit [his crimes] and make a clear commitment to cease and desist, we will have no other choice but to take care of [him] immediately so that [others] will hear and and be afraid” – i.e., make an example out of him – that sign read. Instead, residents 'deal' with crimes internally.