A source in Jerusalem’s city government said Cinema City’s owners were pressured by the city to tell the High Court Cinema City would close on Shabbat of its own volition. In return, it was offered backroom financial inducements by the city – and likely backed by the Finance Ministry, as well. The source noted the ongoing security situation in the capital was hurting Cinema City financially, and its owners were told the municipality and the Finance Ministry would find ways to help Cinema City financially in exchange for it agreeing to close on Shabbat. But those inducements, that pressure, and the resulting deal were all made behind closed doors and with no transparency.
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