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Phoenicia Is Just the Start

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For two years, the Phoenicia Glass Works plant in Yeruham has been facing a boycott by the Gur Hasidim. The Gur community has called on the ultra-Orthodox public to stop buying wine sold in Phoenicia’s bottles. Gur members also called on wine producers and food manufacturers to stop using the company’s bottles. As a result, Phoenicia has seen a drop in sales, and the losses may force it to shut down and lay off all 240 employees.

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The boycott was launched because Phoenicia operates on the Sabbath; the factory has to work around the clock since its furnace cannot be switched off. This is of no interest to the Gur community, the largest Hasidic group and a major component of the United Torah Judaism party, whose senior representative in the Knesset is Deputy Health Minister........

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