Gender segregation and Israel’s next war

26.12.2011                      30.Kislev. 5772                       Channuka 6                      Rosch Chodesch 1

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Gender segregation and Israel’s next war

While the attitude up until now might have been to ignore undemocratic practices among ultra-Orthodox, what is becoming clear is that society can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to them.

Their faces were masked with scarves as they attacked an Israeli television camera crew Sunday, but the angry mob was not made up of Palestinians and had nothing to do with the regional conflict between Israel and the Arab world.
Rather, it was a group of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jewish men in the town of Beit Shemesh, not far from Jerusalem, who were displaying their anger over the secular Israeli media’s criticism of their attempts to enforce gender segregation and exclude women from the public sphere….