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Don't Give in to the Rabbis' Pressure on 'Kosher' Phones

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For the past 14 years, Israelis have been able to change their cellphone provider and keep their phone number. Since the amendment was passed on the matter in 2007, only one group in Israel has been excluded from this option – the ultra-Orthodox, who at the command of their rabbis use “kosher” phones – from which access to the internet and social media is blocked. If they move to another provider, they can’t keep their old number.

This restrictive arrangement, which is illegal, allows rabbis to limit this community’s access to outside information. Moreover, with the quiet support of the mobile phone companies and previous communications ministers, “kosher” cellphones are blocked........

© Haaretz

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