JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Hundreds of Chasidim of the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak sect demonstrated outside a cellular phone store in central Geula Sunday evening. The chasidim were dispersed by police, who used water cannon and other dispersal methods on the gathering.
Protesters break store front during demonstration
Initially police attempted to protect the store from the angry protesters, who included the Admor of Toldos Avraham Yitzchak as well as other senior members of the sect including Rabbi Shimon Dov Bransdorfer and Rabbi Shmuel Bransdorfer who spoke to the gathering.
After the rabbis spoke the crowd sparred with police. Some of the assembled protesters succeeded in bypassing police and breaking open the door of the store. Six protesters were arrested and traffic was backed up on Malchei Israel street as police dispersed the demonstration.
Police released a statement saying that ” a short time after the beginning of protests at the site, tens of rioters began creating a public disturbance and blocking the street. Later they caused damage to a store, attacked police and damaged a police van. After police told them to disperse and they continued to demonstrate, police arrested three suspects for allegedly causing damage and public disturbance. Two policemen were lightly injured and received treatment at the scene.”
Demonstrators have stepped up their struggle in the last few weeks against three stores selling non-kosher phones in the Geula neighborhood. Some of the protesters explained to Kikar Hashabat that they simply wish to prevent their children from being exposed to internet. “Those who want to sell non-kosher phones can do so on Jaffa street, we don’t know why they come to our neighborhood. We’re not demonstrating against all stores in Jerusalem.”
A few weeks ago one of the three stores was targeted by protesters who attempted to set it on fire. Another store had its window smashed but continues to be active in the neighborhood.
I understand they sell “kosher “ phones but don’t accept the stringent extra kosher of a certain vaad
They aren’t crazy owners they know what the religious olem expects
But they don’t give into the ultra ultra mafia chumros
Someone correct me if I’m wrong
And this is all OK with their rabbonim because . . . ? This is no different that what BLM did in NYC and other cities. They too claim a “righteous” reason.
No need to patronize the stores if do not want to.
Their violence is a chillul H’shem – and only adds justification and leads to hatred of Chareidem by others.
Definitely not Judaism. It seems that HaGra was correct to fight this cult.
Really maybe the Rebbe should pay for the damage to the storefront window.
Is that halachakly mutar?
The least he should be doing is birabom make a mecha’a that damaging any property is against halacha, and something he is totally against!
Afterall he riled up the crowd!
I reckon mob justice is the popular way to go with people who can not think…..
And then we wonder, why they hate us….
lock ’em up and throw away the key…
These leeches won’t go to work, won’t do any civic duty, and based on this video don’t sit and learn either. Yet, they flood our Shuls here in Brooklyn, asking for handouts. Personally, I’ve become more judicious and stopped giving a long time ago. My tzedaka dollars go elsewhere
Unless and until the head’s of these marauding criminals and gangsters are arrested and given long prison sentences, this gangsterism will go on.
Yes these LEIDIG GAYERS,are nothing but gangsters and need to be treated exactly as such.
These guys don’t learn, don’t work, don’t help in defending their own country.
They are bored out of their empty minds, and this is their way of having fun.
It’s high time the government take off their silk gloves when dealing with these sewer rats
BSD Demonstrating and breaking windows and destroying Jewish businesses is not correct. If you do not like the merchandise or if you disagree with the purpose & usage of the products offered for sale, so good – no one is forcing you to purchase these phones or to even go into these stores. You also teach your children to stay out of these stores. You don’t want it, don’t buy it. But don’t destroy what someone else might want or need. That is not correct. It is a Chillul HaShem Yisborach. Teach your children to stay away from the store and you also stay away from the store. Those who want it, will go and buy. Finished. No need for protests. No need for damages. No need to harm police. No need for any of this mess. Shalom al Yisroel.
Looks to me like the doors cracked open open as a result of the police pushing the protesters against the doors. If that’s the case, the police are distorting what happened.
Does the Israeli Police not have Live Ammunition?