Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Jerusalem parking lot operating on the Sabbath

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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 700,000 residents.

Most work places in Jerusalem's Jewish neighbourhoods shut down for the Sabbath, which lasts from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
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