Meretz Party officials remain determined in creating a new reality in Israel, one that includes public transportation on shabbos. The party continues funding bus services in areas of Hod HaSharon, Cholon, Kfar Saba and Ra’anana on shabbos towards achieving this goal. This past week, activists announced that on Shabbos Tshuva, buses would also be operating in Yerushalayim.
The bus route advertised as follows. The bus will begin in Kiryat Yovel towards Beit HaKerem, to Rechavia, ending at the Ben-Yehuda area. Meretz leader MK Zahava Gal-On and Meretz Jerusalem official Pepe Alou will be on hand to greet the bus passengers when it arrives at Ben-Yehuda along with other chilul shabbos activists. Gal-On accuses the chareidi politicians of “taking over” the bus system and forcing their views on the majority which wants shabbos bus service.
Hearing of the planned bus service in the capital, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Yossi Deutsch expressed pain and sorrow over “the Meretz provocation” in the holy city.
“We are aware the party lacks the funds to pay for the chilul shabbos buses and we also know most residents of the capital don’t want it. But during an election year, what won’t a party do” added Deutsch.
The deputy mayor added that if this is not a onetime occurrence and the buses continue running in the coming weeks, the frum councilmen will have to decide a plan of action as how to address the alarming reality. “It’s not just a chareidi issue, but most of the residents of the capital don’t want to see buses running on shabbos” Deutsch concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)