Electra may halt service to Haredi areas

Haredim violently attacked technicians making service calls following a boycott declared by the Haredi rabbinical court.

Sources inform ''Globes'' that Electra Consumer Products Ltd. is considering halting services to haredi (ultra-orthodox) areas after violent attacks against the company's technicians. The company has hired private security guards at the homes of its executives.

Yesterday, the haredi rabbinical court issued a boycott against Electra Consumer Products, which resulted in violent attacks against the company's technicians making service calls at haredi customers. The boycott was issued because Electra Consumer Products sister company, Electra Real Estate Ltd. (TASE:ELCRE), is a party in the construction of a hotel on the site of the old French Hospital on Yefet in Jaffa, where the haredim claim graves have been found.

By law, Electra Consumer Products must answer service calls, but the company decided that if the attacks against its personnel continue, it will ask the regulator for permission not to provide service.

Electra Consumer Products and Electra Real Estate are subsidiaries of Elco Holdings Ltd. (TASE: ELCO), controlled by chairman Georg Salkind.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on July 20, 2010

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