Secularists Threaten to Boycott a Jerusalem Burger Restaurant For Closing on Shabbos

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It appears that while secularists decry religious coercion in Israel, secular coercion is permitted. A groups of secularists are trying to organize a boycott of Israel’s Agadir Burgers chain after it opened a branch in Jerusalem that is closed on Shabbos, which the company claims is kosher, even mehadrin.

The burger chain decided to open a branch in the capital that would not operate on Shabbos, like its Bnei Brak branch, and the Jerusalem branch is reported to be kosher mehadrin, as opposed to the other branches which do not have kashrus supervision and operate on Shabbos.

The burger chain has 12 stores, including in Herzliya, Rishon L’Tzion, Hod HaSharon, Haifa, Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Ikron, Bnei Dror, Poleg, Petach Tikvah and Eilat. As reported above, the Bnei Brak and Jerusalem branches are reported to be kosher but do not have a kashrus supervision, and they remain closed on Shabbos.

In response to the decision to close the Jerusalem store on Shabbos, organizers of the social media boycott are calling on supporters to boycott all the branches nationwide.

Company CEO Eitan Trebles told the Jerusalem Kol Ha’ir newspaper that the operator of that store is a traditional Jew who requested to open a branch in Cinema City, a complex that does not operate on Shabbos.

Trebles came out against the boycott, stating that for 22 years there have been efforts to open a store in Jerusalem that would open on Shabbos, but these efforts have been unsuccessful.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

3 COMMENTS

  1. The secularists should leave Israel to the shomer shabbos and religious
    It’s embarassing and weak for them to desecrate the Torah and brotherhood with their demands
    Their ruining the third millennium and the time of heaven on earth per shma with their idiocy
    The secular that are anti go-d and don’t leave the holy land of Israel won’t be forgiven
    Their gentile peers won’t respect them in the afternoon
    If the nations of the world will need to protect Jews from Jews………….

  2. As the article points out, there is a double standard when it comes to secularists. They admit that the religious are the true upholders of ethics and honesty when they admit that they themselves are not bound by the same standards. Their “boycott” , is a reflection of their lack of straightness, as they dont want to be “coerced” , they dont respect others that DO respect Torah and Mitzvot (Shabbos included of course). Sad as history has replayed this scene many times with predictable results. He who doesnt learn from history is doomed to repeat it. May Hashem protect us all.