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Workers build the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest at Expo Tel Aviv in the Israeli coastal city, April 15, 2019. 

(JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, David Lau, called on Jews to extend by 20 minutes the time they observe Shabbat this week to protest its violation during the Eurovision song contest.

“This coming Saturday there will be a massive desecration of Shabbat for all the world to see,” Lau said in a filmed address Thursday. “Let us extend the sanctity of Shabbat.”

Orthodox Judaism commands Jews to refrain from working, operating machines, working and starting any fire on Shabbat, among other prohibitions on that day.

The Eurovision finals are set to take place in Tel Aviv on Shabbat.

Lau asked his listeners to begin observing Shabbat 10 minutes ahead of its actual beginning on Friday evening and another 10 minutes after it ends on Saturday night.

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