The Yeshiva World
While women’s rights organizations in Israel have been on the warpath against chareidi concerts with separate seating, gender separation does not appear to be an issue for the women in the Arab sector, including the eastern capital. During bein hazmanim, the champions of women’s rights have taken their case to court in both Afula and Haifa, towards stopping chareidi concerts intended for the frum tzibur.
The women first took on a Moti Steinmetz concert in Afula because of the separate seating, then moving to a MBD concert in Haifa scheduled for earlier this week, which was canceled by a Haifa court.
Some are asking why the women, who claim to be so concerned with the discrimination against women continue to completely ignore the Arab sector, which does have gender-separation at times in events in Haifa and elsewhere.
What would be the reaction of these women if a branch of Bituach Leumi in a chareidi area had separate entrances for men and women? One might presume there would be an outcry followed by an immediate court petition to stop the practice. However, this is exactly what is taking place in one Bituach Leumi branch in the eastern capital, where the men and women maintain a distance from one another via separate entrances, yet there are no court petitions.
According to a Kikar Shabbos News report, they contacted a spokesperson for the women’s activists to comment on the situation at the Bituach Leumi office in East Jerusalem, but a response was not received.