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Jerusalem - Rugby Team Denied Funding For Playing on Shabbat

Published on: April 1, 2011 12:57 PM
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Jerusalem - A committee responsible for appropriations in the Jerusalem municipality has decided not to fund the local rugby team after religious city council members discovered the team plays on Shabbat.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that he would have the committee’s funding decisions overturned by the city council. The rugby team, which has been in existence for the past 30 years but has never asked for city funding, is seeking NIS 10,000 in municipal support. The team’s 15 players include foreign journalists and U.N. employees based in Israel.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 01:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Kiddush hashem, nir barakat should be ashamed of himself


 Apr 01, 2011 at 02:10 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

Let the UN pay for it this is Israel providing funds for its enemy's a habit that they just can't seem to get rid of


 Apr 01, 2011 at 03:00 PM Babishka Says:

If they are just an amateur team why do they need public funding? Let them find a corporate patron.


 Apr 01, 2011 at 06:10 PM Anonymous Says:

The city pays stipends for many yidden who are shomer shabbos...why should they discriminate against those who are not. All should be treated equally without regard to whether or not they are frum.


 Apr 03, 2011 at 12:10 AM MIESQ Says:

Mayor Barakat may wish to create a city that all types of people can feel welcome. However that laudable goal should never be done at the expense of the city's Jewish nature. Indeed maintaining the City's Jewish Character most include public support of Shabbat observance and not ecouraging its desacration. Such a position reenforces the appropriateness of the city remaining whole and not served to nations as a chopped up stew


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