Who Would Have Believed: Seculars Urged to Join Chareidim in Fighting Intel Opening On Shabbos


intel-protestKnesset Member Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) has backed the chareidi religious “war against slavery” by companies, including Intel, that employ workers on Shabbos, reports Arutz Shevah. Israel – by law – forbids work on Shabbos without a special permit, usually for security or medical reasons, in order to prevent a wholesale violation of the halacha against working on the Day of Rest.MK Yechimovich, who is a champion of workers’ rights, called on the secular community to forge a rare unity effort with those who are chareidi , but she admitted it probably is a lost cause, according to Arutz Shevah.

The secular community prefers to ignore the issue and leave it for religious people even though the issue involves a violation of labor laws, which are in the interests of secular Jews, according to the Labor legislator, who also is a former television and radio journalist.

She cited the mitzvah of Zachor Es Yom HaShabbos as a basic rule in society and described working on Shabbos as a form of slavery. The Labor lawmaker charged that mall owners and other business owners are “driven by greed” for the sake of “the god of money,” and cited one instance of the AM-PM convenience store chain’s employing workers on Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar.”

She claimed that more than half a million Israelis are forced to work on Shabbos, often without any day off.

{Arutz Shevah/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}