Israel Passes Law Permitting Nonreligious to Refuse to Work on Shabbat

The amendment dismisses need for religious justification to refuse work on the day of rest, while exempting those in ‘essential services, public health and safety’

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Any Israeli citizen, whether religiously observant or not, can legally refuse to work on the weekly day of rest, according to a new amendment to the so-called Shabbat work law which the Knesset approved on...