February 27, 2005

A gutten Shabbos fur de ganze oilom fun Bavel!

From Arutz Sheva:

Aint Gonna Rest On Saturday

The Iraqi government’s decision to make Saturday a day off has sparked much protest as Iraqis protest what they are calling the observance of “the Zionist holiday.”

The government decided last week that it would extend the traditional six-hour Iraqi workday to make up for the additional day off.Many Iraqis went to work on Saturday anyway, saying they did not want to rest on the day when the Jews rest. They are demanding that the additional day off be Thursday instead.

A statement released by the student union at Baghdad’s Mustansariyah University described the government order as forcing “the Zionist holiday” upon Iraqis. The statement also said the decision had been made by an interim Iraqi government, and not the permanent one. "We declare a general strike in the University of Mustansariyah to reject this decision and any decision aimed at depriving Iraqis of their identity," the statement said.

In Samarra, one of the four Islamic holy cities, about 77 miles north of Baghdad, a group of armed men forced the Mutawakal high school to open, threatening to kill the school’s teachers if they took the day off.Students chanting "we don't want Saturday, it's a Jewish holiday" marched through the town of Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad.

(some choice lyrics)

He will proclaim freedom for all his children
And will keep you as the apple of his eye
Pleasant is your name and will not be destroyed
Repose and rest on the Sabbath day...

Tread the wine-press in Basra,
And in Babylon that city of might
Crush my enemies in anger and fury.
On the day when I cry, hear my voice...

Repel my enemies, Oh zealous God.
Fill their hearts with fear and despair...

Observe the Sabbath, your sacred day.

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