Arab pita bakers from around the Sea of Galilee and Israel's northern Mediterranean coast will make every effort to not sell leavened bread (hametz) over Passover, following a meeting on Sunday with Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and Galilee Ayoub Kara (Likud) during which he asked that they be sensitive to the religious feelings of the Jews on their holiday of redemption and freedom.
The sides also agreed that “if people's livelihood depends on their selling hametz, we'll make sure they do so far away from people who would be offended by its sale, and make sure to keep away from the Kinneret and the beaches,” an announcement by Kara, himself a member of the Druse community, read.
Nearly two weeks ago, Zman Yerushalayim reported that senior Druse and Muslim religious leaders called on their flock to refrain from publicly selling hametz to Jews over Passover, especially around Jerusalem's Old City. Imam of the Herzliya Sidna Ali mosque Sheikh Ra'ed Badir was quoted as saying that “nobody should harm another person's religion,” and Sheikh Amin Kablan, who is the second most senior Druse religious leader in Israel, said that he would appeal to all the Druse that they don't bake bread and pitas over the Jewish holiday.
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