J'lem: Police arrest 1 of Or Hachaim book store vandalizers

By MELANIE LIDMAN
September 20, 2011 13:24

 
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Police arrested  on Tuesday one of the leaders responsible for terrorizing and vandalizing  "Or Hachaim" bookstore in Jerusalem's ultra- Orthodox neighborhood Mea Sha'arim.

A haredi group called Sikrikim deemed the the store to promote immodesty, and since it opened in March 2010, they have smashed its windows several times, glued its locks shut, thrown tar and fish oil, and dumped bags of human excrement inside.

The store is popular with Anglo residents and tourists and carries many English- language holy books and Judaica items in addition to Hebrew books. The harassment stems from the bookstore’s refusal to accept demands made by the neighborhood extremist group, which would require all businesses to observe specific “modesty standards.”

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