It appears that a small number of non-frum residents of Yerushalayim’s Romeima neighborhood are bothered by the relative quiet in the area, which has been living a shabbos status quo for quite some time. Enlisting the support of attorney Yossi Chavilov, the infamous anti-frum Jerusalem legal advisor, they plan to challenge the current status of the community, beginning with demands to dismantle the gate that closes Mem Gimmel Street on shabbos, leading to the Undsdorf area. In recent weeks, a metallic gate was added to the community towards enhancing the eruv.
The non-frum residents turned to City Hall, finding Chavilov is a willing partner in their struggle, with residents maintaining the new addition to the eruv totally prevents the entry of vehicles on shabbos, and they are unwilling to accept this.
Community leaders question why the sudden aggressiveness, explaining that even prior to the new eruv structure, vehicles were prohibited from entering the community on shabbos, adding their latest eruv enhancement is not in violation of the law.
Chavilov has not wasted time, and has already sent off letters pointing out the new addition to the eruv requires city approval, which he states was not obtained. He maintains as such, the addition must be disassembled since it was constructed without the required permit.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)