Last week I commented on how Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community has taken its opposition to pornography (a reasonable though debatable value) to the absurd extreme of radically limiting access to the Internet and other information sources. Perhaps we should be glad when their anti-immodesty tactics are limited only to communal pressure and halakhic rulings. Because sometimes they descend to simple violence as well. Haaretz today offers a shocking interview with a woman who was beaten up by ultra-Orthodox “modesty patrols,” who accuse her of dressing in ways that their community deems inappropriate–which usually means dressing in ways that would be considered totally normal not just in New York and Paris, but in Tel Aviv and the rest of Jerusalem as well. Apparently for some of the ultra-Orthodox, violence is a fine response to fashion.
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