JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In an appalling act of arson which occurred in Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood, a store selling cellular phones was set on fire and gutted after it apparently refused to pay for kashrus supervision of its phones. The store has repeatedly been targeted in the past after its owner refused to comply with the rabbinical supervision groups and many demonstrations have taken place outside the store but the current torching of the store is a worrying escalation in violence against a commercial entity which has tried to provide a service while refusing to surrender its right to sell phones which are effectively kosher but do no have any form of rabbinic supervision.
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Fire and Rescue services reported that at about 4 AM a report was received about a fire at a building on Malchei Yisrael street. Four fire crews were sent to the scene and discovered the fire in the cellphone store. The firemen gained control of the fire and prevented it from spreading to nearby stores. No people were found on the premises.
A police investigation has commenced to locate the perpetrators of the apparent arson attack.