A rabbi has called for the boycott of stores that use mannequins dressed in bathing suits, underwear and other scantily clad outfits, saying it damages a person's soul, AFP reported.

Rabbi Rafael Cohen in the Israeli city of Tiberias, also called for the mannequins, as well as "obscene photographs," to be taken down and threatened that stores who failed to comply would lose their kosher certification.

He said the mannequins "elicit sorrow among the passers-by on the road."

"Modest" mannequins, Cohen said, are acceptable. "But there are mannequins that are really revolting, mannequins in bathing suits that damage our souls," AFP reported.

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