The “Shabus” cooperative which provides public transport on Shabbos in Yerushalayim and Ma’aleh Adumim began operations in the central Israeli city of Rosh Ha’ayin which was once famous for its predominantly Yemenite population. Shabus announced its intention to begin transporting people from Tzur Hadassah to central Yerushalayim next Shabbos. Shabus avoids violation of the Shabbos status quo by having passengers technically join a cooperative instead of paying fares.
Yerushalayim’s Sefardi Eida Hachareidit decried the new development, saying in a statement, “We are brokenhearted at the outcry of the residents of Rosh Ha’ayin regarding… the desecration of Shabbos which equals all the mitzvos of the Torah by the operating of public transport on Shabbos. Yerushalayim was only destroyed because its residents desecrated Shabbos.”