Eichler: Stores Open on Shabbos an ‘Unacceptable Scandal’


yisroel eichlerAt a meeting with business people on Wednesday, MK Yisrael Eichler demanded the government ensure the rights of small business owners by enforcing laws requiring business to close on Shabbos, Chaim Lev reports for Arutz Sheva.

At the meeting, the business owners asked Eichler to intervene and get the government to enforce the law on the day of rest, which requires stores to be closed on the official day of rest – Shabbos.

Eichler says that the problem stems from uneven zoning and municipal laws; in some places, it is legal for a business to operate on Shabbos, although Jews are not allowed to work there.

“These stores hire Arabs to run the cash registers and in their ‘merit’ they are ‘allowed’ to work on Shabbos. This is an unacceptable scandal,” said Eichler. “Unfortunately, when it comes to ‘rule of law,’ some laws are more equal than others,” said Eichler. “The current situation takes the religious holy day of rest – and the official day off for everyone – and turns it into just another shopping day. There is no protection here for Shabbos observers, and we intend to change that.”

{Matzav.com Israel}