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Jul 28, 2013

By hook or by crook, Tel Aviv will not trample Shabbos

No matter how hard it tries, things are not falling into place for Tel Aviv's attempts to officially enable chillul shabbos.

It started with the damage to their image of being a city that doesn't stop - when the courts said that the City of Tel Aviv must do more to enforce the law and shut down the supermarkets that remain open on Shabbos. Tel Aviv has not yet complied, under the guise of "reviewing the decision", but eventually they will either have to comply or change the law, a task that won't be so easy.

Now, the petition that had been filed to try to promote the operation of public transportation on Shabbos in Tel Aviv is being pulled.

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) was the one who was behind the petition with the Ministry of Transportation. She has now pulled it because of the City's decision to stop pursuing the operation of bus lines and to make do, for now, with the compromise solution of operating taxi vans to drive the bus routes.

Zandberg insists that despite pulling the petition she has not changed her opinion on what needs to be done in Tel Aviv on Shabbos, it is just an attempt to re-evaluate the legal procedures at use.
(source: Ynet)

Call it what you will, but the fact is that for now Tel Aviv has taken a big hit in its attempts at officially mandating chillul shabbos.

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