Bnei Brak Mayor: “I do not know about the parade and I am not worried”

Although more than 4,000 have RSVP’d to the Facebook event, the Bnei Brak Mayor is not worried about the street party scheduled to take place in his city on Shabbat. The initiators are protesting ultra-Orthodox interference within secular Israelis’ lives: “The time has come to clarify that a radical minority will not control us.”
An ultra-Orthodox rally in Bnei Brak Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Over 4,000 people plan on attending a street party scheduled for next Saturday in the ultra-Orthodox Israeli city of Bnei Brak. The street party is being organized in protest of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox political parties’ demands to close convenience stores on weekends and to prevent railway construction work on Shabbat. Bnei Brak Mayor, Rabbi Hanoch Zeibert, told Channel 2 News that he is not worried about the initiative.

“I do not know about the parade and I am not worried,” the mayor said, adding that he does not intend on addressing the initiative any further.

“The time has come to roll up our sleeves and to fight for the freedom to live,” the street party planners explained on their Facebook event. “They cannot restrict people’s movement on Shabbat nor on a weekday because of ultra-Orthodox political whims.”

“We served in the military, do reserve duty, pay taxes and work like dogs. The time has come to clarify that a radical minority will not control us! We who drive this country will be free or we will fight until we are,” the street party planners added.

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