Shab­bat shop ban de­mand

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

IS­RAELI RE­LI­GIOUS par­ties are de­mand­ing a new law to pro­hibit the open­ing of shops on Shab­bat after the High Court ruled in favour of a Tel Aviv mu­nic­i­pal by­law al­low­ing the lim­ited open­ing of cor­ner-shops in the city.

For a decade, Likud in­te­rior min­is­ters who have the author­ity to can­cel such by­laws them­selves have pre­ferred not to act, and last Wed­nes­day the High Court ruled against a pe­ti­tion by the Gro­cers Union against the Tel Aviv mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The union claims that shops oper­ated on Shab­bat by own­ers who are not mem­bers of the union are driv­ing oth­ers out of busi­ness. The High Court has asked a suc­ces­sion of in­te­rior min­is­ters to rule on the is­sue but after the cur­rent min­is­ter, Shas Leader Arye Deri, failed to do so, it ruled last week in favour of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which al­lows a lim­ited num­ber of shops to op­er­ate.

Mr Deri now claims he was about to sign an or­der pro­hibit­ing trade in Tel Aviv on Shab­bat and that the court has “uni­lat­er­ally changed the sta­tus quo”. To­gether with the lead­ers of United To­rah Ju­daism and Jewish Home, they are de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment pass a law by­pass­ing the High Court rul­ing.

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