Gedolim in Eretz Yisroel called for a Yom T’filla in protest of the expected chillul shabbos by the Eurovision song contest.
The contest is set to take place in Tel Aviv motzei shabbos, but preperations will occur on Shabbos.
In a letter, R’ Chaim Kanievsky & R’ Gershon Edelstein wrote:
“To be michallel Shabbos in public…They are also forcing many Shomer Shabbos people to work on Shabbos and we can’t foil their scheme, and this is a sakana to our presence here inEretz Yisroel,” said the letter.
“It’s on us to call out and intone and beg Hashem to protect us…we hve to show we arre against this…” R’ Chaim then called for tefillos leil shishi at midnight – calling on everyone to convene in shuls to say Tehillim.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu assured the leaders of Charedi political parties that Eurovision was an international event “not controlled by the government”.
“The Israeli government does not seek to desecrate the Sabbath, and most of the participants in the event are from abroad and not Jewish,” Netanyahu wrote in a letter to them.