Published On: Sun, Dec 20th, 2015

Ministers approve bill prohibiting Sabbath business activity

Businesses open on in Israel on Saturdays will be fined three times their proceeds for the day; 'Weekly day of rest' to protect small businesses which remain closed on Shabbat.

MK Mickey Zohar Knesset spokesperson


The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved MK Mickey Zohar (Likud)’s  a bill forbidding businesses to operate on Shabbat (Saturday).

“This is an impressive achievement and a historic one for the State of Israel and to help the public and for anyone who wants to rest and spend time with his family during the weekly day of rest of Israel – which is the Shabbat day, ” Zohar said.

“I intend to sit down and discuss the law with the relevant bodies, businesses, organizations and all those who fear that the law will hurt them, in order to reach a true and fair [understanding of the] law [with] the general public.”

The bill will ban businesses opening on Saturday without special permission from the Economy Minister and also ban conditional or contract work on Shabbat,  forcing employees to work on Shabbat, or penalizing workers for protesting Shabbat work.

Under the proposed bill submitted a business working on Shabbat will be fined three times its turnover for that day.

The bill also stipulates that the business owner will be exposed to civil actions by competing businesses suffering damage because that business was open on Shabbat.

“There is an end to the phenomenon of ‘Israebluff’ where tycoons and retail chains are breaking the law, opening their businesses on Saturdays, and require employees to work then.”, report Arutz 7 News


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