The Jerusalem municipality next week plans to open its artificial beach for the summer season. The mixed beach, which has sand but not water, will begin operating on Sunday 17 Sivan and rabbonim from Yahadut Hatorah are angered over the fact it will operate on Shabbos. Yahadut Hatorah has been critical of Mayor Nir Barkat’s administration, which they accuse of turning a blind eye to increased chilul Shabbos in the capital as additional businesses operate on the holy day.
The beach was scheduled to open on Thursday, 14 Sivan but opening day was pushed off due to technical reasons. Prominent rabbonim in the capital are speaking out against the beach and the planned chilul Shabbos including HaGaon HaRav Avigdor Nebenzahl Shlita, Churva Shul Rav HaGaon HaRav Simcha HaKohen Kook Shlita and others. They have sent a letter to City Hall urging officials not to operate the beach on Shabbos and add to the chilul Shabbos not far from the walls of the Old City in the old train station complex near Derech Chevron.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)