Jerusalem store owners petition against forced Shabbat closures

Arguing that the forced Shabbat closures of eight convenience stores in downtown Jerusalem beginning in April is unconstitutional, an attorney representing four shop owners filed a petition to Jerusalem’s District Court against the municipality and mayor on Monday night.

In the petition, Yossi Habilo stated that the municipality’s mandate to enforce the selective closures in secular areas is not only unjust, but a violation of religious freedom that will alienate thousands of secular residents.

“It’s an important [petition] for Jerusalem because it affects the future of many people in the city who want to stay here and purchase things on Shabbat in the center of the city,” said Habilo by phone on Tuesday. “To close shops is against the law and freedom of religion.”


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