Transportation Minister Katz Promises Chareidim To Halt Bus Service Chilul Shabbos

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eged1busIn response to a letter from MK Uri Maklev, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has promised to instruct all bus companies that their routes must end prior to candle lighting time on erev Shabbos, which is especially relevant at this time of year when Shabbos begin quite early.

Those in the know explain that while the letter may appear impressive, but in fact, as Katz is aware, many bus lines do run into Shabbos and in all likelihood, the letter will change nothing.

Chilul Shabbos pertaining to buses continuing to operate has been documented in many cities and municipalities including Jerusalem, Tzfat, Ra’anan, Beersheva, Ashdod, Nahariya, Petach Tikvah, Carmiel, Ariel, Maalot, Netanya, Yokneam Illit, Nazareth Illit, Sderot and the Eshkol Regional Council.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)