Fearing bankruptcy, Jerusalem market owners plan protest over forced Shabbat closures

Deeming the Jerusalem Municipality’s forced Shabbat closures of their 24-hour downtown minimarkets financially ruinous, the owners of the eight markets targeted by the mandate are planning a large-scale Thursday protest.

Last Wednesday, in an apparent quid pro quo to appease Jerusalem’s sizable haredi community – which violently protested the Shabbat operation of a new multiplex, Yes Planet – Mayor Nir Barkat ordered the markets to cease Shabbat operations as of September 5.

However, the municipality’s legal adviser is allowing markets in Ein Kerem, Talpiot, Atarot, and others in the southwestern portions of the city remain open due to low haredi populations.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Fearing-bankruptcy-Jerusalem-market-owners-plan-protest-over-forced-Shabbat-closures-413363

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