The Eda Haredit communal organization will hold a mass protest against the desecration of Shabbat at an Intel facility in Jerusalem early next week, in accordance with its decision to move its demonstrations to weekdays.
The implementation of the decision was delayed by a few weeks due to the weather conditions and the holiday of Hanukkah, but this coming Sunday thousands of ultra-Orthodox men are expected to gather near the capital's Har Hotzvim industrial zone to voice their protest.
The decision to hold the demonstration was made earlier this week during an Eda Haredit management meeting. The organizers called on the public to demonstrate a united front and recruit the support of rabbis from the ultra-Orthodox public's central stream.
Rabbi Yosef Rosenfeld, chairman of the Committee for the Sanctity of Shabbat, told Ynet that it was symbolic that the event would be held following the fast of tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, the day when the people of Israel mourn the siege on Jerusalem which led to the destruction of the Temple.
"Jerusalem was not destructed so that Shabbat would be desecrated in it," Rosenfeld stated. "What Intel is doing here is the beginning of the next destruction."
He added that the organizers were expected "thousands of people" to show up.
Meanwhile, the regular protests against the desecration of Shabbat in the capital will take place as planned on Saturday. At 11:30 am, following the Morning Prayer, Eda Haredit members will voice their protest outside the Intel facility, and at 3:30 pm they will plan to demonstrate in the Mea Shearim neighborhood against the opening of the Karta parking lot.