Haredi undresses in Tiv Ta'am branch

Yeshiva student protests J'lem court ruling on hametz, claims supermarket not a public place.

haredim meah shearim (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
haredim meah shearim
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A 27-year-old man claiming to be a yeshiva student decided to give his own interpretation to the recent ruling that stores may sell hametz on Pessah if it is not publicly displayed, when he stripped naked in a Bat Yam supermarket on Monday. The man entered the Tiv Ta'am store and took off his clothes, leaving only a sock covering his genitalia. To drive his point home, he had inscribed on his abdomen the words "This is not [a] public [place]." He explained that in keeping with a Jerusalem court's interpretation of the Hametz Law two weeks ago, which defined the petitioning establishments - a burger restaurant and a pizzeria in the capital - as non-public places, a supermarket did not constitute a public place, either. Employees at Tiv Ta'am alerted Ayalon District Police, and officers who rushed to the scene forced the man to put his clothes back on, arrested him and took him away. During his interrogation, he claimed to be a student at several Bat Yam yeshivas. He insisted that in light of the court's ruling, he had not broken any laws.