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Tel Aviv Mayor Huldai Vows to Fight Shabbos Closure Order

huldIn a posting to his Facebook page, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai responded to the decision by Minister of the Interior to convenience stores in the city on Shabbos. Mayor Huldai said “I am sorrowed over the decision which sends Tel Aviv/Jaffa back decades and it represents a violation of the status quo in the city”.

The minister’s decision is in line with a Supreme Court decision from earlier this year, outlawing the opening of businesses in the city on Shabbos. The minister disqualified municipal bylaws that gave a measure of legal backing to the operation of convenience stores on Shabbos. Huldai explains just as stores are closed in Bnei Brak on Shabbos and operating in Nazareth, so too the city has the right to use municipal laws to permit stores to operate in the city. The mayor said the city will use the legal system to fight the decision, planning an appeal to the Supreme Court. “We will continue operating in Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps, and we will use all legal means at our disposal to maintain the character of the city including an appeal to the court” stated the mayor.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

4 Responses

  1. Please let’s be careful not to post any postings that will create machlokes between people. Perhaps Hashem is looking down at us now – and hoping that after the tragic news of today we can keep our achdus intact. Please think before you post.

  2. Wasn’t shmiras Shabbos one of the threads woven into the fabric which made up the foundation of the Medina? I know that exceptions were/are made for national security, etc., but in general aren’t the airports, government offices, public transportation, etc. all supposed to be closed?

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