Dozens protest Jerusalem minimarket Shabbat closures

Dozens of protesters gathered in Jerusalem’s Safra Square on Thursday evening to condemn Mayor Nir Barkat’s mandate that eight of the capital’s downtown 24-hour minimarkets must permanently cease operations during Shabbat.

Yonotan Toker, CEO of the pluralistic Hitorerut Party – which is part of Barkat’s municipal coalition – said the measure is an affront to both religious freedom and basic human rights.

“This is us claiming the most basic rights as human beings, and it’s just absurd that we have to claim them from the mayor of Jerusalem,” he said.


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