Many Jews of Kfar Saba, a town in central Israel that has grown from fourteen Jews in 1922 to 84,000 Jews in the present day, are protesting the giant new Oshi-Land shopping mall which is operating on Shabbos in defiance of the town’s bylaws.
Although the town’s bylaw explicitly states, “It is illegal for a person to open a shop or café on Shabbos and yom tov within the municipal area of Kfar Saba,” Mayor Yehuda Ben Chamu promised the mall’s proprietor, Sammy Katzav, that in this case the law would not be enforced.
The opening of the mall and a small number of other businesses in the town led a group of religious and non-religious owners of small businesses to appeal to the mayor for help.
“The new reality in the city… will violate fair trade in our town,” they wrote him. “Opening dozens of stores on Shabbos leaves us no choice but to voice our protest. A person who buys goods on Shabbos will not purchase them again during the week and we stand to suffer huge losses to the extent of businesses collapsing.”
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel News Bureau