Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Jerusalem parking
lot operating on the Sabbath
By The Associated Press | The Canadian Press
JERUSALEM - Police are preventing hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews
from blocking a main street in protest against a Jerusalem
municipal parking lot that is open on the Jewish Sabbath.
Ultra-Orthodox activists have repeatedly staged protests since the
parking lot opened two years ago. They say operating it on a
Saturday is a desecration of the Sabbath, Judaism's biblically
mandated day of rest.
On Saturday, protesters gathered at a main junction, screamed at
police officers and pelted them with water bags. Police stopped
them from blocking traffic.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up a third of Jerusalem's more than
Most work places in Jerusalem's Jewish neighbourhoods shut down
for the Sabbath, which lasts from sundown Friday to sundown