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Tel Aviv Clashes with Palestine Government on Election, Sabbath, Issues

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The municipality of Tel Aviv, the first Jewish city in Palestine, finds itself in sharp conflict with the policy of the government of Palestine with regard to its election and Sabbath observance ordinances.

The City Council voting last night to hold new municipal elections on December 18, adopted a resolution of protest against recent ordinances by the Palestine government with regard to the Tel Aviv elections and Sabbath observance ordinance. The Palestine government, in its ordinance, restricted the franchise to certain classes of taxpayers, ignoring the regulations drafted by the municipality. Another ordinance practically annulled the Tel Aviv Sabbath observance ordinance on the ground that it would raise “complicated questions.”

The Tel Aviv Sabbath observance ordinance was recently the subject of court dispute. The Jaffa District Court ruled that the municipality’s ordinance making Sabbath observance compulsory for Jews is contrary to the provisions of the Palestine Mandate which guarantees freedom of conscience and that no disemmination shall be permitted.