Arab rights group challenges no-bread rule in Israeli hospitals during Pesach


An Arab rights group has said it plans to mount a legal challenge on the ban on leavened bread products in Israeli hospitals during Passover.

Adalah-The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said the current ban forces Arabs to adopt Jewish religious law, which traditionally does not allow Jews to eat leavened bread during the holiday.

It is the third year in a row that the group has attempted to challenge to ban on the grounds it is discriminatory.

If the challenge is successful it will prevent Jews from adhering to religious law, which does not allow leavened foods to be seen or be present in Jewish-owned property during the holiday.

Jewish hospital patients would also not be able to use the dishes and cutlery provided by the hospital.

Meanwhile, Haaretz reported the Jerusalem municipality was enforcing the law against the public display of leavened bread during Passover for the first time in years.

According to the Israeli newspaper, officials removed bread products on sale near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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