Intel to Employ Only Non-Jews at Yerushalayim Plant On Shabbos


intel1Intel will not employ Jewish workers on Shabbos shifts in its Yerushalayim plant, the chip-maker has suggested in a new compromise proposal. The move comes after large crowds protested at the plant for its continued operations on Shabbos. The plant, in the Har Hotzvim industrial area in Yerushalayim, employs some 150 workers.

According to the six clauses that make up the proposal, only conveyers producing the most sensitive components will operate on Shabbos; only 60 employees will work on Shabbos, in three 20-workers shifts; and all Jewish workers who were employed on Shabbos will be replaced by non-Jewish ones that day.

The company will bear the expenses of training those new workers, the proposal said. Representatives of the company said last week that the training of the workers had begun before the crisis began, and should be completed shortly.

Intel would also recruit workers from the chareidi community itself.

The proposal was presented to MK Uri Maklev of United Torah Judaism in a meeting chaired by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.

{Haaretz/Yair Israel}


  1. That is still breaking Shabbos. It says that our maidservants or manservants should work. So Jew or non-Jew it still violates the Law of Moses.

  2. So who cares if a chiloni Israeli Jew wants to work on Shabbos. How’s about someone whose conversion is not recognized. Will they require a note from a Russian Orthodox priest or an Immam, or a reform rabbi.