In Eretz Yisroel there is a Va’ad HaRabbanim L’Inyanei Tikshores whichprovides a *hechsher* to stores that sell technological devices, to ensure
that they are not selling devices that can cause severe spiritual damage.
In the past year there has been an awakening in Eretz Yisroel [particularly
in Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak] to gather in front of the stores who have
refused to accept a *hashgachah,* and call them out for causing the public
to sin. The authorities are particularly disturbed by these protests, as
they wish to see technology “advance” among *chareidim*. To add to this;
the government is battling to abolish the kosher phone system, one that has
been extremely successful for the past two decades in maintaining a high
standard of kosher phones among the *chareidi* populace.
How do the authorities fight the population that gathers to rightfully
express their grievances? They take a page from the Soviet playbook. They
arrested the *mashgiach* Rav Tzemach Tzarfati, who is tasked with ensuring
the *kashrus* in the cell phone stores. He was arrested and jailed for over
one hundred days, including Purim, Pesach and Shavuos.
This past Erev Shavuos a number of Sephardic Rabbanim sent a letter of
encouragement to his wife, to express the appreciation for her husband’s
standing at the forefront of Klal Yisroel’s struggle. And outside of the
prison where Rav Tzarfati was held, groups gathered nightly to call out
encouragement to Rav Tzarfati, as well as to protest the incarceration of
an innocent man.
Rav Tzarfati was held without any charges ever pressed against him.
Obviously he is a “counter-revolutionary” [i.e. he is a nuisance to them],
only in “democratic” Israel they are grappling with the proper expression.
Perhaps they are attempting to “re-educate” him as well, as they refused to
allow him a room in prison without a television playing.
[As I have explained 1000 times, it's hard to have Torah Im Derech Eretz in Medinas Yisroel]