Haredi gangs have recently been terrorizing Internet cafés, their employees and owners. Ynet reports:
… One ultra-Orthodox youth, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “They are like the Islamic Jihad in the ultra-Orthodox sector. This is a very violent group that works through means of terror. If this internet café does not close, they will simply burn the place one night, like they did to Photo Alan (a photography store). There is no public condemnation by the rabbis towards them, because they are simply scared of them.”
Shlomi Rozolio, 20, who studies at a Jerusalem yeshiva, opened a computer store two years ago. With time he turned the store into an internet café, to which yeshiva students flock. “A few days ago, my rabbi called me after all the trouble and told me: A few rabbis turned to me and I don’t want you to get hurt. I’m asking you to close the place immediately.” Rozolio listened to his rabbi’s advice and closed shop.
“The first thing I think of is my father; I don’t want anyone to hold a demonstration against him or burn his house down. At the moment I’d rather close and I’ll see what I can do later on.”