Yesterday, the High Court of Justice okayed the Tel Aviv government’s plan to allow more businesses–namely mini-marts–to operate on Shabbat.
It was the result of a long court battle that began in 2014, according to The Times of Israel, when the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality drafted a new law calling for 164 grocery stores and kiosks to open on Shabbat, assuming that each business was physically small, which is to say less than 500 square meters.
The government had asked for a delay in this final proceeding, a request which this court rejected. “There‘s no way to avoid seeing this avoidance as a kind of decision to deny, without explanation, the bylaws of Tel Aviv-Jaffa,” wrote Justice Esther Hayut.
A number of liberal and secular politicians in Israel cheered the decision, including Zehava Galon, leader of the left-wing Meretz Party, and Tel Aviv’s own mayor, Ron Huldai.