Sderot municipality fines over 'Shabbat sirens'

Municipal supervisor fines Sderot resident for playing Shabbat songs and 'causing a disturbance.'

Haim Lev,


A few hours after a Chabad man in Herzliya was fined 730 shekels for helping passersby put on tefillin, a Sderot resident received a fine for activating "Shabbat sirens" near the city's "Ha'ari Hakadosh" synagogue.

"Shabbat sirens" are either music or an actual siren, sounded twenty minutes and five minutes before the start of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath, which begins at sunset on Friday).

According to the fine, "the noise was heard from far away, and included Shabbat songs. This noise causes a disturbance."

The sexton of Ha'ari Hakadosh later turned to MK Michael Malchieli (Shas), who spoke to a member of the Sderot Municipal Council and Sderot's Planning and Building Committee Head Doron Taktuk, requesting they cancel the fine. Thanks to cooperation with the mayor's office, the fine was eventually canceled.

"It is unreal that in Israel, in 2017, we are seeing fines given for Shabbat sirens," Malchieli said. "This kind of thing never was and never will be."

Thanking the Sderot municipality and Mayor Alon Davidi for their quick work in canceling the fine, Malchieli blessed them that the Shabbat's merit will stand with them.

"Hopefully, we will not need to deal with this kind of thing in the future," he said.