Bnei Brak Threatens to Pull Out of Light-Rail Project Following Promise of Work on Yom Kippur

Construction set to take place on the light rail in Bnei Brak

Bnei Brak city council is threatening to entirely cancel the building of Tel  Aviv light rail from its jurisdiction following a letter received from NTA Ltd. stating that they will be working on Yom Kippur.

NTA LTd. the company who is tasked with constructing Tel Aviv and the surrounding area’s mass transportation system sent a letter to the legal counsel of Bnei Brak alerting the city to the work that will be done on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. According to the letter, the company will employ non-Jewish workers to secure and maintain their machinery over the holiday and that other specific tasks which need to be completed on the day will be undertaken.

Due to the tunneling machinery arriving in Bnei Brak last week, the company notified the city that while no tunneling will be taking place over the weekend of Yom Kippur, the machinery must be maintained and guarded so that it will be safe and usable following Yom Kippur.

Bnei Brak city council is now threatening to pull out of the project altogether if the work is to be done on Yom Kippur.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. This question NOT intended to bash the Bnei Brak city council. Just want to understand the issue better.

    If they’re only using non-jews and they’re only guarding/maintaining the machinery/equipment, what is the problem?