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Laborites in Jerusalem Issue Warning to Zealots Against Attacking Non-religious Jews

The Jewish Labor Council of Jerusalem today issued a statement sharply condemning the ultra-Orthodox group Neturai Karta for its recent attacks on Jews who are not inclined to practice strict observance of the Sabbath.

This statement, which was endorsed by the Mapai and Mapam parties, said that organized Jewish labor in Israel will not permit religious zealots to “dominate the entire Jewish life in the city.” It warned that the Jewish Labor Council “will oppose by all means any rule of clericalism,”

A special inquiry board composed of government officials last night completed an investigation into the disturbances hare precipitated by the Netural Karta. A report on the results of the investigation will be submitted to the Cabinet. The incidents perpetrated included the throwing of stench bombs into Jerusalem cafes open on Saturdays and picketing of movie theatres which open their box offices on Saturdays before sundown.