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British Resort Lost $150,000 in Tourism by Ban on Shabbat Candles

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The British coastal resort’s University of Aberystwyth lost $150,000 in tourism income by banning orthodox Jews from lighting candles on Shabbat, a decision that forced them to cancel their annual summer visit to the campus on the Welsh coast, according to sources reported by the Cambrian News.

Only 15 families vacationed in Aberystwyth, but not at the university’s student village, where they would have had to give up lighting candles before Shabbat. The local British newspaper quoted one of the visitors, Myer Rothfeld, as saying he has been “overwhelmed” by the welcome from the people of the area.

Most of approximately 1,000 Hassidim from Britain boycotted the campus after 20 years for vacationing because they refused to accept the ban on lighting candles, which the university said was instituted for the first time out of concern for safety following an “incident.”

In their new condition for the Jewish tourists to visit, the London Independent quoted a university spokesman as saying, “The University… would be delighted to welcome this group back, as long as they are able to sign our terms and conditions.” However, one of the annual visitors, identified by the Independent as ”Mrs. Brander,” said, “We have found a holder to make each candle safer. We offered to discuss it with the fire brigade, but the university was not interested.”

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9 Responses to “British Resort Lost $150,000 in Tourism by Ban on Shabbat Candles”

  1. Serves them right. Let us send these people a clear message that religious intolerance is not accepatable. Their argument about "safety" is a joke.

  2. Ruth Hirt says:

    They can´t be impudent and do/go away with it. Whatever Eloihim had instituted, has a bearing of divine authority which no mortals can ever abrogate out of detest.

  3. Neal Adler says:

    One can only imagine what kind of 'incident' they would be describing..

  4. we are no more dhimmies!

  5. Alan Kardon says:

    Sorry that they only lost $150 000.

  6. Wales should no longer from the benefit of the light

  7. Ruth Hirt says:

    Nae'nae'nae'nae'nae … you can´t beat ´em, soooooo, just let ´em…

  8. Alberto Calo says:

    USUAL PRESSURE FROM ISLAMIC GROUPS.
    HAPPY WE STAND ON OUR PRINCIPLE AND WE CHANGED DESTINATION.

  9. Yechiel Baum says:

    Welsh history: was part of the inquisition expelling the Jews.
    Royal family from Wales (not from England).
    King ALbert allied with Hitler.
    blockgated Israel during WWII abeiting the nazi massacre of Jews.
    refused to blow rail tracks to the camps.
    so why visit Wales? there are other better places to go.

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