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There is - the Israeli media is hugely to be credited for it. In the beginning of this year (2012) this was very obvious. Back then there was a whole media hype against Chareidim. Immediately followed by harassment and violent attacks on Chareidim throughout the whole country. All of which the media apparently never heard of. (See also this)
And yes, I have experienced it more than once.
Secular Jews passing by in cars’ making derogatory comments. Pushing, spitting (on the ground, though I know people who were spat at), being told how I’m a parasite and hate everyone who’s different than us, etc. One time, my mother was out of town and went to a shoe store in that particular city. But as soon as she entered the store, the clerk came over to her and said that “We don’t sell to your kind. Please go to another store.”
Or this time when I saw some people making fun of the Rebbe at a tish. That was, to me, probably one of the (if not the) most insulting things I ever saw.
To give you another example. Once when me and my friend (of the same chassidus) were walking back to yeshive after a Shabbos meal, we noticed how a large group of very loud secular youths were walking towards us from the opposite direction. They were constantly looking at us, laughing and joking.
My friend got nervous and began to walk faster (not that long before, a Chassidisher in Ashdod was beaten up on Shabbos), so I had to quicken my pace in order to keep up with him. Of course this didn’t pass by unnoticed…
and some of those youths (late teens/early twenties) were actually approaching us. But this was already very close to the courtyard of the yeshive. So we got in before they got to us.
Later when I left the building, I overheard them talking of going in to cause a stir. But that was probably just big-talk. They never went in.
And then of course you have these Seculars who are davka trying to provoke you. Scarcely clad women who either sit next to you, or lean against you in the bus, hoping for some kind of outrageous reaction. Not to speak about cars who drive, on Shabbos, with full speed through Chareidi neighborhoods while children are playing there.
Unfortunately I can tell you of many more cases which the media - conveniently enough - ignores. And while this behavior is nothing new, it is still very sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Ahavas Yisroel, and I’m not saying these people should become Chassidish - or even Chareidish. And yes, I know the Chareidi-community is also not perfect. But respect should come from both sides.
We’re all Jews - one big family. So when do learn how to act like one? If we would do so, I’m sure Hashem will finally deem us worthy enough to send us Moshiach Tzidkeinu.