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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 

Haredi phone store in Jerusalem arsonized

Over a week ago, it was reported that a Haredi phone store in the Geula neighborhood was destroyed in what looks like an act of arson:
A cellphone store in Jerusalem was gutted by fire overnight Sunday, with the shop’s owner claiming it was a deliberate attack over for his refusal to stop selling a certain device considered by some to be “non-kosher.”

Many ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, use “kosher” phones — either older devices that lack internet access or smartphones with restricted access to certain websites, apps and features like social media and texting — on the advice of rabbis.

The issue and its regulation are largely controlled by a body called the Rabbinic Committee for Communications, which holds strong leverage over the “kosher” cellphone business across the country, as well as powerful tools that have societal and commercial effects.

Sunday’s fire erupted at a store called Kosher Phone, located in the ultra-Orthodox Geula neighborhood in the capital, where similar incidents have been reported before, especially at stores that have refused to cooperate with the committee.

While authorities have yet to determine whether the fire was the result of arson or of an accident, the shop’s owner is certain he was targeted by extremists after recently losing a certificate provided by the rabbinic committee.
There's some valid queries to be asked whether any arsonists who may have committed this offensive act are employed by the committee itself. And now look what's happened - because of a socialist decree, a man's lost his whole store in a criminal act that only serves as a discredit to the whole Haredi lifestyle. The police may also have to shoulder blame for not taking steps to track criminals like these, who do pose danger, and overall humiliate the entire religious image in the country with their abominable behavior.

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