Ultra-Orthodox vigilantes spread fear in Jerusalem
Some residents say the self-styled "modesty squads" are spreading terror among those seen as straying from the strict moral code demanded of the ultra-Orthodox in the more conservative neighbourhoods of the Holy City.
Two weeks ago police arrested two alleged members of a modesty patrol accused of brutally beating M.
"They beat me up, tied me up and threatened to kill me," M. said, holding back her tears. "Who will prevent them from killing me?"
"I don't know why I was treated this way. What has my life got to do with those guys," said M., who until three years ago was married to a Haredi -- a word used to describe the most theologically conservative form of Judaism.
He said the store was threatening the morals of the community by selling MP4 players that would allow buyers to view indecent movies in their homes.
"This shop corrupts the neighbourhood youth," the man said. "We will fight until they stop selling these impure devices."
"They burned down our stocks, nothing will stop them," he said, declining to give his family name for fear of being singled out for attack.
Israeli media said that at the time of the attack the girl had been wearing loose-fitting trousers and a short-sleeved shirt, enough to provoke the ire of religious fanatics.
"For some weeks we've been seeing excesses," he said.