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Jerusalem Shops Want Fixed Hours

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Local Jewish and Arab merchants together with their employees have united in a demand for a municipal law fixing a uniform closing hour for shops. A movement for such a law has been in progress since 1928.

The government has approved the law but the municipality has not yet acted on it.

Recently a delegation comprising representatives of the General Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish Clerks’ Union and Arab and Jewish merchants appeared before the mayor and vice-mayor and suggested that the uniform closing hour be set at seven o’clock for stores dealing in iron, six for building material establishments and eight o’clock for grocery stores.

The clerks’ union has received a letter from the high commission commending it on its connection with the movement, it is learned. The high commissioner is said to have promised his support.

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