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Labor Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli reaffirmed her commitment to governmental Sabbath desecration on Saturday with the inauguration of a new bus line in the port city of Haifa.


Unlike most Jewish majority cities in Israel, Haifa — which also has a significant Arab population — already has limited public transportation on Shabbat.

In her remarks, Michaeli called for the expansion of public transportation nationwide on the Sabbath.

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“The time has come to fight for our truth, so it will be like this everywhere in Israel,” she said. “You all deserve freedom of movement, you all deserve to get wherever you want, when and how you choose.”

Last week, Michaeli announced her approval of plans to operate the soon-to-be-inaugurated Light Rail on the Sabbath in Tel Aviv and its surrounding area, Gush Dan.

A line in the system that runs through the hareidi religious city of Bnei Brak would also operate on the Sabbath, inflaming relations with the local Sabbath-observant population.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.