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Machane Yehuda Free to Everyone

Jewish modesty patrols are sent packing from "free market"

By: Syd Keeb
Published: October 2nd, 2012 in News » Israel
Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, where orthodox and secular Jews cross paths daily commingling in each other's lives, there are those who would put restrictions and rules on the way the less orthodox comport themselves out in public. Modesty extremists have been known to patrol Mea Shaarim, an ultra orthodox enclave, and other Charedi neighbourhoods pressuring people to dress according to Jewish modesty customs.

However when these extremists took to Jerusalem's most popular market, Machane Yehuda, venders were outraged.

“It’s a free market, a market for everyone,” Avram Levi, a board member of the Machane Yehudah Merchants Association and a stall holder at the market explained. “To me, this is a type of verbal violence.”

The merchants have vowed they will not allow these type of patrols to define the market and will send anyone away that they see harassing or pestering customers.

Related articles: Modesty Patrol, Machane Yehuda, Orthodox, Israel, Jerusalem, Mea Shaarim, Charedi
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