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The Plus Sign That Became a Religious Symbol for Boycott

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
The Pelephone store in Tiberias has run into some trouble it probably could not see was coming.
The store, in addition to cellphones, sells all sorts of other products of interest to its customers. Among the various items is a set of speakers made by Wonderboom.
The plus sign that became a religious symbol for boycott
Wonderboom speakers have a large + and - sign placed on the speakers, with the + above the - and it is their design. Together, with the + and - placed the way they are, somewhat resembles a cross.
This product placed in the store has upset some its customers. Specifically, the Haredi community of Rav Dov Kook. They have requested the product be either removed or the symbols be covered or distorted and they say the requests have been ignored.
Rav Kook has announced that if the issue is not dealt with the Haredi community will avoid and remove all products of Pelephone.
source: Kikar
Will the entire Haredi community boycott Pelephone over this? it seems unlikely. Maybe just the ones under Rav Kook in Tiberias? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, whether Pelephone acquiesces or not and whether the community actually boycotts them or not, some people need to be a little less sensitive about things. Of all the possible things to get upset about, this seems like one of the sillier ones...
And yes, I know that in the Haredi community a plus sign is not written as the full + but only a half cross, as depicted below:
The plus sign that became a religious symbol for boycott
but still...
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