Barkat big face 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Jerusalem Municipality Finance Committee approved a plan for the construction of a new cinema complex in the Haleom parking lot opposite the Supreme Court, on condition that it remains closed during Shabbat, Israel Radio reported Thursday.
The city council is reportedly expected to approve the decision Thursday evening.
Following the report, the Forum for a Free Jerusalem movement said that
a cinema closed on Shabbat would not fulfill the needs of the secular
population in the city. The Hitorerut Yerushalayim (Wake Up Jerusalem)
movement accused Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat of capitulating to haredi
The municipality, however, said that the decision to
close the complex on Saturday was a result of government policy, which
does not allow businesses built on government-owned land to work during Shabbat. The municipality said Haleom parking lot was state-owned.
Ministry sources told the radio station that any petition of land
appropriation for public needs must be submitted to the finance
minister's advisory committee, adding that no request had been received
regarding such a cinema complex.