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Chareidi Street Theater

By Yisrael Medad
4/22/2008, 12:00 AM

And here I thought that modern forms of protest were beyond the imagination of a public that is known for its demonstrations.  But I just read this:

Yeshiva student undresses in store to protest chametz sale

Police on Monday afternoon arrested a 27-year-old yeshiva student for undressing in a Bat Yam supermarket...to protest a recent controversial court ruling which permitted the sale of chametz in some businesses.

A few weeks ago, a Jerusalem Magistrate's Court judge ruled that the matzot law, which prohibits the display of chametz (foods Jewish law prohibits on Passover) in public places during the holiday, does not apply to supermarkets, pizzerias and restaurants, as they are not considered "public."

The man was detained for interrogation on suspicion of performing an indecent act in public.

Eyewitnesses stated the 27-year-old had the inscription "this is not public" scrawled on his abdomen. He claimed that since chamez was sold on the premises, it could therefore not be legally recognized as a public place, and as such, there were no grounds to press charges against him.

Police were left unconvinced by this defense...

Even my fellow blogger, Tzvi Fishman could not have come up with a better idea.  I will admit that once, some 15 years ago, I thought of organizing a protest on the beach of Tel Aviv under the slogan "learn long-distance swimming now", explaining in satire that when the Pals. get weapons, eventually our best option will be Cyprus and points west.  I had to cancel that idea as none of my friends would appear in bathing suits.

But this act of street theater is refreshing.  We do have a future.

UPDATE

Here's his video (in Hebrew but you can see the writing on his stomach and he is definitely not crazy)