Keep Shabbat Free!
This poster was created by the Israeli political party Meretz protesting the fact that a shop called Drugstore 2000 was closed on Shabbat due to pressure from ultra-orthodox Jews living nearby.
Meretz advocates for freedom of religion and the freedom to live life according to one’s individual customs and outlook. Meretz wanted to voice their belief in having certain businesses open on Shabbat in order to serve the needs of people who are not Orthodox Jews. The poster advertises the time and place of the demonstration.
The opening of businesses on Shabbat remains a topic of heated debate in Israel today and is a frequent topic of discussion in the Knesset. While there are restaurants and stores open on Shabbat in certain cities, most still remain closed. It is difficult to determine the percentage of Israelis who observe Shabbat, because observance is measured in different ways.
“78% of Jewish Israeli Public: Keep Businesses Open on Shabbat,” Jpost.com, A. Mandell
Israel’s Religiously Divided Society, Pew Research Center
Secularism in Israel, Wikipedia
What does this poster announce?
In Israel, Christians and Muslims are free to practice their religion as they wish; so too Jews.
How, according to this poster, are non-religious people’s freedoms limited?
Who else, besides non-observant Jews, might support this message?
The law in the UK, as in other places in the world, entitles workers rest days. A rest day is actually a social law that all employees are entitled to.
How is this compatible with this protest to keep this shop in Jerusalem open?
Stage a debate between two demonstrators supporting opposing views.
Imagine you are the mayor. Design a message you would give to both sides of the debate. This could be in the form of a letter, speech, or poster. How will you acknowledge both sides?
Keeping Shabbat Free!
A demonstration supporting the opening
of Drugstore 2000 on Shabbat,
despite the attacks of the Charedim.
On Shabbat, 27.2, Shamai Street (behind Zion Square)
Students wake up with Meretz!