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‘Women of the Wall’ movement fights Israeli gender bias

May 4, 2012


ANN RODGERS – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Posted: May 02, 2012 Anat Hoffman was arrested in Israel for going to the Western Wall to do what would be regarded as a holy act in her synagogue: donning a prayer shawl and reading from the Torah. — She leads the Women of the Wall movement to allow […]

On the front lines of sexual violence fight

March 30, 2012


Women’s Center speaker a leader in efforts to combat assault using new media, technology Nancy Schwartzman, keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Women’s Center banquet Wednesday, made the 2009 documentary “The Line,” which chronicles her experiences after being raped in Israel. She also helped develop a “Circle of 6” app that helps women connect quickly […]

Muslim lesbian couple fight deportation

March 28, 2012


By Tom Godfrey, QMI AGENCY TORONTO – A Muslim lesbian couple who claim they will be killed if deported to their native Israel due to their sexuality is being given a second chance to remain in Canada. Iman Musa and Majida Mugrabi, of Toronto, arrived in Canada from Tel Aviv in 2007 and filed unsuccessful […]

Gender Divides On Both Sides Of The Green Line – OpEd

January 26, 2012


Written by: MIFTAHJanuary 25, 2012By Julie Holm Before moving to Palestine I had many Scandinavian friends asking me if I would have to cover up my hair while living in Ramallah. When I tell my Palestinian friends about this they laugh. In Palestine, and especially Ramallah, women are freer than in most other Arab societies. […]

Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud

January 20, 2012


By DOV LINZERPublished: January 19, 2012 IS it possible for a religious demand for modesty to be about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies? From recent events in Israel, it would certainly seem that it is not. Jennifer Uman Last month, an innocent, modestly dressed 8-year-old girl, Naama Margolese, living in Beit Shemesh, described […]

Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women

January 15, 2012


By ETHAN BRONNER and ISABEL KERSHNERPublished: January 14, 2012 Rina Castelnuovo for The New York TimesPeeking through a tear in a curtain separating the men and women at an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Jerusalem. Secular Israelis oppose such segregation. More Photos » JERUSALEM — In the three months since the Israeli Health Ministry awarded a prize […]

Faith in equality a must

January 2, 2012


Secular authorities need to ensure they win fights with zealots over the rights of women. January 2, 2012By Leslie CannoldMelbourne academic and writer Illustration: Robin Cowcher LAST week in Israel, a news story shocked the nation. It concerned Naama Margolis, an Orthodox Jewish girl, who was shown crying and quaking at the prospect of taking […]