Bnei Brak threatens to cancel rail project over Yom Kippur work

Bnei Brak threatens to cancel the light-rail project if work takes place on Yom Kippur as planned.

Tzvi Lev,

Bnei Brak Municipality
Bnei Brak Municipality
Flash 90

The Bnei Brak municipality has threatened to cancel the Tel Aviv light-rail train project if work on the route takes place on the Yom Kippur holiday as planned.

NTA Ltd, which has been contracted to build the Tel-Aviv light rail, first informed the Bnei Brak Municipality that they would be carrying out underground drilling work on Yom Kippur on Sunday. The notice shocked the leaders of the overwhelmingly haredi city, who claim that the work breached an agreement explicitly forbidding work being carried out on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

NTA claims that the work in urgent cannot be put off due to safety reasons. NTA also promised to only use non-Jewish workers.

Bnei Brak Mayor Hanoch Zeibert had threatened on Monday to take NTA to court if the work isn't halted on Yom Kippur.

"No one in the Bnei Brak municipality ever thought that a government company would aid a violation of written, signed agreements forbidding construction work from taking place on Shabbat," Zeibert said. "The municipality....will do everything possible to prevent issues this severe from occurring."

Zeibert also emphasized that he is pained by the fact that in nearby cities, a company hired by the government works on Shabbat and holidays, which he said are "the central foundation of the Jewish people."