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December 27, 2011

  • Israeli Public, Politicians Rally Behind Women’s Rights
  • Israeli Public, Politicians Rally Behind Women’s Rights

    • Netanyahu: Israel a democratic state - no place for harassment
    • Peres: No one has the right to threaten a woman
    • Leading rabbis say radical minority does not represent them

    Jerusalem, Dec. 27 – Israelis across the political spectrum are condemning extremist attacks on women’s rights by some ultra-orthodox Jews, asserting Tuesday that Israel will remain a bastion of gender equality in the Middle East.

    The issue has been front page news in the Israeli media since a television news crew reported the harassment of an eight-year-old schoolgirl in the city of Bet Shemesh, who was spat at by an ultra-orthodox extremist. The attacker belongs to a radical sect that wants to close a religious girls’ elementary school that opened in September adjoining their neighborhood. The sect claims the girls are not dressed modestly enough, and members have repeatedly harassed and threatened students.

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