Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dutch Court Upholds Fine On Orthodox Jew For Failing To Carry ID On Sabbath

AP reported Tuesday that in the Netherlands, an appeals court held that a 2005 law which makes it mandatory to carry an identification card and show it to police on request does not exempt individuals who fail to carry the ID card for religious reasons. The Hague Appeals Court upheld a 60 Euro fine imposed on an Orthodox Jewish man who could not produce the ID card for police on the Sabbath because it was against his religious beliefs to carry anything on the Sabbath. [Thanks to Joel Katz (Relig. & State in Israel) for the lead.]