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Jerusalem mayor fights Shabbat

Ultra-Orthodox Jews rioted in Jerusalem after its mayor violated the status quo agreement which ended the Shabbat wars ten years ago. The mayor opened a car park on Sabbath to attract tourists.

Technically, Jewish law does not forbid gentiles from working on the Sabbath, including car-park operation and driving, but the commandment is clear that “no one should work in your towns.”

Anti-religious policies, supported by court decisions, fuel the exodus of religious Jews from Jerusalem because they cannot live in secular districts and the religious districts have become too small for their growing communities.

Obedient to their religious leaders, haredim are the most potent anti-government force among the subservient Jews. No other Jewish group would contemplate violent resistance to the anti-Semitic polices of the state.

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