Executive Director Yizhar Hess of the Masorati (Conservative) Jewish movement in Israel protested, Sunday, the seizure of chametz (leavened products) in Jerusalem's Old City, initiated by Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King under a law that bans the marketing of chametz during Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Decrying the law's "forced Judaism", Hess said, "How much foolishness, how much racism and how much malice must be combined to enforce this law at the Jaffa Gate of all places, in the mixed city of Jerusalem."
Hess postured, "Imagine what would happen if the mayor of Paris would limit the sale of matza (unleavened bread) to Jewish streets and send the Paris police to enforce this order. The chametz that King and [Jerusalem Mayor Nir] Barkat need to eradicate is not in the city streets. It's in their hearts."