Israeli Supreme Court rules in favor of Tel Aviv supermarkets remaining open during Sabbath

Retiring Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor read her final verdict, ruling that Tel Aviv businesses may to remain open during the Sabbath: “This is the municipality’s decision that reflects the city’s character,” Naor stated.
Miriam Naor Photo Credit: Flash90/Channel 2 News

Retiring Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor read her very last verdict this morning (Thursday) concerning the issue of businesses remaining open on the Sabbath. The amendment to the Tel Aviv Municipality’s by-law, according to which a limited number of stores and supermarkets will be permitted to remain open in several locations throughout the city, was approved despite being rejected by Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri. Naor’s verdict was read just a few hours before Judge Esther Hayut takes over Naor’s position as a continuation of the hearing held in April, when the Supreme Court approved the amendment to the by-law for the first time.

Naor noted in her remarks that Deri’s decision to reject the amendment in the name of “Jewish values of keeping the Sabbath” does not affect the verdict and that this is a unique and autonomous decision by the municipality, which is compelled to reflect the city’s character. Naor also added that “living together is based upon patience and mutual respect, which means allowing each and every individual to shape the Sabbath according to his own path and beliefs.”

Immediately following the primary reading of the verdict, Deri slammed the ruling calling it a “coup.” On his Twitter account, Deri wrote that “I can only invoke the higher powers and quote President Rivlin, who said this week during his speech at the Knesset: The court isn’t making a revolution, but rather a coup. And this is a real coup.”



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