Following a relative calm in the fight against Chillul Shabbos in Eretz Yisroel, another incident is being prevented in Ashdod, as plans for massive Chillul Shabbos were revealed to authorities ahead of the occurrence. According to a BeChadrei Charedim report, the information about the mass desecration slated to take place at the Ashdod port this coming Shabbos arrived in the hands of the Committee for the Protection of the Shabbos chaired by Yitzchak Goldknoff.
The information was leaked by an anonymous person in one of the government ministries and prompted an emergency letter being sent by Deputy Mayor of Ashdod, Mordechai Lieberman, to the Director of the port and the Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz. Llieberman demanded that the work planned in the port over Shabbos be cancelled.
The plans called for a large amount of work to take place at the port this Shabbos and on Shabbos Parshas Toldos. The Deputy-Mayor surprised the Minister by providing him with detailed accurate information of the construction work that was planned to be carried out by a Spanish corporation. Even though the corporation is owned by non-Jews, hundreds of Jewish workers, supervisors, and engineers, were contracted to take part in the work.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)