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Dutch court orders Orthodox Jews to carry ID on Shabbat

By Mason White 3:30 PM February 26, 2013
Orthodox Jews in the Netherlands 

By: Shifra Unger
It just became more difficult to keep Shabbat in the Netherlands, as a Dutch court ruled that Jews must carry ID at all times including on Shabbat. Orthodox Jews are not permitted to carry items in a public domain on Shabbat.

A Dutch appeals court has confirmed a $90 fine against an Orthodox Jew who refused to show police identification, citing religious reasons.

The Hague Court of Appeals ruled that a law requiring all persons over 14 years to carry ID cards and show the police at their request does not have a religious exemption.

The man, whose name was not released because of privacy laws, had argued that it was against his religious beliefs to wear nothing but his clothing on the Jewish Sabbath.

The ruling did not say why the police approached the man.
The law was introduced in 2005 amid a wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim incidents.

Carrying identification cards had not been mandatory in the Netherlands since the Nazi occupation in World War Two.