The Iriyah will be filing a petition against the Minister of Interior regarding the “Supermarket Bill” – businesses open on Shabbat. Mayor Haim Bibas notified Minister of the Interior, Aryeh Deri that “Modiin Maccabim Reut has a bylaw that was approved by the Minister of Interior in 1996, which allows businesses to be open on Shabbat for the past 20 years. However, as the Interior Minister tries to make a decision against the amendment to this law, we will turn to the High Court of Justice against the Minister of the Interior and will act with all the public means available to us in order to thwart his cynical political attempts.”
In January the city council approved an amendment to the existing bylaw, which was approved before the “Supermarket Bill” was passed by the Knesset. The mayor also noted that according to the law, the interior minister was authorized to delay the publication of the bylaw within 60 days of receiving it, but the minister did not do so. Bibas added that Deri can’t "wake up 6 months (180 days) after the adoption of the bylaw and then ask for its delay." Bibas also wrote that the law restricts the minister's authority to intervene and delay a bylaw for only 60 days, and this, in accordance with court rulings, is only for certain reasons.
Bibas reminded Deri that Modiin Maccabim Reut is one of the few cities in Israel that already has a bylaw to open businesses on Shabbat, so opening businesses in the city of Modiin Maccabim Reut is permitted by law. He also noted that the proposed bylaw passed a substantive discussion in the city council and that a lengthy and thorough procedure was carried out in which each council member expressed his opinion on each section of the proposed amendment until they reached agreements regarding the types of amendments to be made in the bylaws and types of businesses that could be open. Balances were weighed and made, in a long and in-depth discussion and in a thorough and transparent public legislative process.
Mayor Bibas ended his letter by saying that “Modiin Maccabim Reut will remain an open and pluralistic city and will not let any political factor drag us into dark days. The city will continue to provide a warm home to all its residents according to their nature and will continue to encourage mutual respect between the various sectors in the city, as 'a man in his faith will live' and we will defend it both in a legal struggle and in a public struggle."
Click here for details about the city's bylaw regarding businesses open on Shabbat.