According to kashrus, a cellphone store in Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood was set on fire and completely destroyed in a gruesome arson attack after it allegedly refused to pay for monitoring its phones.
After the store owner refused to cooperate with rabbinic supervisory groups in the past, the store was repeatedly attacked and there were numerous protests outside.
However, the current store fire is a disturbing escalation of violence against a company that has tried to provide service while refusing to give up its right to sell phones that are technically kosher but lack any form of rabbinic oversight.
According to the fire and rescue services, a complaint about a fire in a building on Malchei Yisrael Street was received around 4 a.m.
Four fire departments were dispatched to the area when they found the cell store on fire.
The fire was brought under control and surrounding stores were spared its spread. On the property, no one was discovered.
To find the individuals responsible for the alleged arson, a police investigation was opened.