Ultra-Orthodox modesty squad burns clothing

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Ultra-Orthodox extremists continued to wage their immodest clothing war as they set ablaze women’s apparel they deemed impure.

The “clothes of impurity” were burned in an open square in Jerusalem as rabbis admonished the crowd.

“We will get rid of the tight clothes and the Holy One, Blessed be He, will place his mercy on us,” it was written on one of the signs held by the protestors. “Modesty is the only thing that needs to be corrected in our generation,” the rabbis clarified, saying this would solve the troubles of today. “We must overcome this hurdle,” they proclaimed.

The campaign for modesty offered women coupons to “authorized shops” to buy new apparel if they handed over their immodest clothing.

Clothing that is forbidden by the ultra-Orthodox rabbis include: Tricot shirts, Lycra shirts and skirts, open-collared shirts, short and tight skirts, skirts with a slit, skirts with a straight cut, long or bulky earrings, clothes and bags in loud, flashy colors, wigs that are too exclusive, transparent or colorful stockings and clunky shoes.

The crusade descended into violence as extremists attacked women who didn’t fit their criteria and caused damage to various clothing shops, ruining thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

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