Israel: Jerusalem Mayor Battles Ultra-Orthodox Groups over the Defacing of Billboards Featuring Women

Publication Date: 
November 15, 2011
The Guardian
Ultra-orthodox groups have been blamed for a rising trend in which posters featuring women are defaced. [Baz Ratner/Reuters]

Female models are being erased from advertisements across the city after religious lobby brands the images as offensive.

Jerusalem's secular mayor, Nir Barkat, has pitted himself against the city's swelling ranks of ultra-orthodox extremists by demanding that local police enable women to reclaim their position in the public domain.

Over recent months, women's faces have disappeared from billboards across the city amid mounting pressure applied by the powerful ultra-orthodox lobby, who find the female image offensive.

Israel: Ultra-orthodox Jewish women against immodesty wear full-body coverings

Publication Date: 
February 9, 2011
Asia News
Some "Haredi" women (literally: those who tremble at the word of God ") cover themselves completely to fight immodesty

The movement was born six years ago to fight immodesty in Israeli. There are now hundreds of "haredi" who cover themselves from head to toe. At first, conservative rabbis were in favour, now they emit warnings, especially for young girls.

Israel: Police Arrest Woman Leader for Praying with Torah at Western Wall

Publication Date: 
July 12, 2010
Haaretz Service
Anat Hoffman (Chairwoman of "Women of the Wall") holds onto a Torah scroll as police attempt to take it from her and detain her.

Jerusalem Police on Monday arrested the leader of the Women of the Wall group f

A Wall of Silence: The Limits of Public Discourse in Israel. The Case of Gaza (Feminist Perspective)

Publication Date: 
January, 2010
A Wall of Silence: The Limits of Public Discourse in Israel. The Case of Gaza

Ella from Bat-Yam: “I would like to see women express themselves in the peace talks. Since they (the men) sit and discuss economics and security, my idea is for a ‘women’s room’ in peace talks. This space would give voice to women who would sit and talk about peace, and their voices and opinions would have entree to the main discussion as well.”2

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