Illustration - Friday prayers
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Arabs oppose plan to install Sunday day of rest

Arab sector threaten protests, strikes over what they see as 'detrimental' initiative

The Arab sector in Israel is up in arms over the proposed plan to declare Sunday as an additional day of rest, saying that the initiative would hurt Muslims who pray in Mosques on Fridays, as well as cause it financial damage. 


According to the proposal, Saturday and Sunday will be official days of rest while Friday will become a half day, work-wise.



An Arab teacher from northern Israel said: "I won't work on Friday because it is our holy day. We will not allow the Israeli government to put this plan into action because it is detrimental to the Muslim religion. Moves like this disrupt relations and are a danger."


Some are even threatening to launch a protest. One Muslim clergyman said: "If the Sunday day of rest affects Friday prayers and school then I call for strikes and protests so that we teach the government a lesson that we still exist and we need to be respected and not humiliated."



פרסום ראשון: 07.06.11, 00:33
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