The Supreme Court on Sunday 21 Iyar rejected a petition filed by representatives of secularists affiliated with the Hisorarus Party against Jerusalem City Hall. The petitioners feel City Hall is procrastinating rather than completing negotiations with operators of Cinema City Mall. The petitioners are working to compel the mayor to approve opening the mall on Shabbos. The petitioners’ attorney told Justices Miriam Naor, Esther Hayut and Uri Shoham that City Hall is procrastinating and should be charged with contempt of court for failing to adhere to the court’s order to complete negotiations.
The court rejected the contention that City Hall if foot-dragging stating quote the opposite as there are reports of progress in the talks. The petition was Hisorarus’ second to the High Court. The first petition was rejected as well.
Agreement was reached with the mall operators while construction was taking place that it would remain closed on Shabbos but since its opening, secularist leaders and activists have been working to permit opening at least portions of the mall on Shabbos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)