Rabbi says Kotel security cameras violate Shabbat

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 15, 2010 14:51




A leading rabbi has declared the Western Wall off limits to the faithful on the holiest day of the week because of security cameras that he says desecrate the Sabbath.

The trouble at Western Wall is with the technology, said Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, a 100-year-old rabbinical authority widely revered among haredim.

Eliashiv says those coming into view of the closed-circuit surveillance cameras activate a light inside the devices, violating the Jewish prohibition on operating electronics on the Sabbath.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Israel published the rabbi's warning to the devout last weekend. He said Jews should not to visit the site on the Sabbath until the technology has proper rabbinic supervision.

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, said he and the Jerusalem police were working to fix the problem.

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