Bet Shemesh kids protest internet in haredi community

June 14, 2013 15:55

Schoolchildren marched in Ramat Bet Shemesh on Friday to protest against internet adoption in the ultra-orthodox community.

They bore signs decrying the spread of the worldwide network as responsible for "banishing the divine presence." Passerby were called upon by demonstrators to discard their "impure" smartphones.  While some haredi sects consider the internet to be religiously forbidden, others are more permissive and endorse the use of "Kosher" internet service providers that filter which sites their customers can access.

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