‘CELEBRATING’ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN ISRAEL BY ERASING WOMEN

The city of Beit Shemesh is experiencing further religious radicalization: Visitors of the Leumit Health Services’ Woman’s Health Center in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet neighborhood were amazed to discover that the word “woman” had been erased from the sign with black paint.

Some blame this on extremist religious zealots, the real reason is IGNORANCE!

How quickly they forget from whence the came

How quickly they forget from whence they came

Word ‘woman’ erased from HMO sign

After targeting women’s pictures, radical haredi groups in Beit Shemesh take on written word as well.

The city of Beit Shemesh is experiencing further religious radicalization: Visitors of the Leumit Health Services’ Woman’s Health Center in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet neighborhood were amazed to discover that the word “woman” had been erased from the sign with black paint.

The incident surprised members of the ultra-Orthodox sector as well, who found it difficult to understand the problem with the word “woman.”

“Apparently, they think their women don’t need any health or services,” says local resident Nili Philipp. “It’s no longer of matter of respect or modesty. It’s complete exclusion.”

About a month ago, Judge David Gideoni accepted a claim filed by Philipp and three other women against a modesty sign posted in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet and ordered Mayor Moshe Abutbul and the Beit Shemesh Municipality to pay each plaintiff NIS 15,000.

Last week, Philipp toured the area with a group of foreign journalists and noticed the HMO sign with the word “woman” painted in black.

“They received live evidence of what we are going through in Beit Shemesh,” Philipp says. “I used to visit the shopping center where the HMO clinic is located because it’s close to home and offers convenient prices and plenty of parking, but after being sworn at several times, I stopped going there.”

Health Center, no 'woman' (photo from Facebook)

Health Center, no ‘woman’ (photo from Facebook)

The local Leumit Health Services clinic treats women from all sectors. “If a woman gets an appointment, she is sent here even if she is not ultra-Orthodox,” says a city resident. “Some of the men and women who worked there are not haredi either, so they can’t impose their lifestyle on everyone.”

One of the workers says that in recent weeks, the center’s entrance doors have been spray-painted with graffiti calling on women to dress modestly. “The poor cleaning lady had to erase them all the time, but she recently stopped doing that because it took up too much of her time, and the graffiti just stay there,” the worker added.

Visitors of the Woman’s Health Center and the main Leumit clinic located nearby have expressed their anger over the offensive graffiti.

 

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A healthier outlook of this wonderful day can seen from the other side of the wall in this contribution from

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Many people like me believe sincerely that had women been in charge here, we would have had a free Palestine by now.

A society which bestows honour on women

A society which bestows honour on women

Today is International Women’s Day . The mainstream media misses thepoint intentionally. They highlight certain women (some who make the lives of women everywhere difficult people like Hilary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Angela Markel etc) and they fail to give credit to those who change things or to even explain to us the origin of this day. Having an anual dedicated day for women (action) was proposed by Clara Zetkin of Germany to attendees at the International Conference of Working Women in 1910. Inspired by women socialist movements for fair working conditions in the USA in 1908 and 1909, movements grew of women demanding their rights (until then they did not even have a right to vote).  The first women’s day on 8 March 1911 launched demonstration and marches for women workers’ rights (right to vote, right to fair work condition, right to live free from oppression, right to life, against wars etc).  After a long struggle and many lives lost along the way, the UN finally recognized 8 March as an “International” (I prefer global) women’s day in 1977, 66 years after it was launched by brave socialist women. Thus women’s day is about actions against injustice not about Hilary Clinton!

The First Arab Women’s Congress of Palestine gathered about 200 women and was held on 26 October 1929 in Jerusalem. The demands were rights of women and against the Balfour Declaration, against the racist idea of Zionism,  for self-determination, and for full equality (gender, religion etc). They elected a 14 member Executive Committee headed by Matiel E. T. Mogannam.  Mogannam wrote a book titled “The Arab Women and the Palestinian Problem” published 1937.  Moghannam explained how Palestinian women in the 1920s were innovative in many ways: lobbying the colonial power, writing in newspapers, and holding the first demonstration in human history that used automobiles with 120 cars in 1928 (gathered from all over Palestine to drive in the streets of Jerusalem). See my book on “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A story of hope and empowerment” (http://qumsiyeh.org/popularresistanceinpalestine/)

The struggle of women here continues unabated. Many people like me believe sincerely that had women been in charge here, we would have had a free Palestine by now. My mother who is 82 years old showed us by example what giving and self-sacrifice and love of people and land means. My wife and three sisters are likewise examples of what we all should aspire to do: kind, dedicated, and hard-working human beings. Like millions before them and millions contemporary with them, these women make life livable while many men (and a few women) engage in hurting others and pushing for conflicts and war. Words are too mediocre and inadequate to express our feelings but I simply want to say to all the women working for peace and justice: thank you and to pledge that we will work with you for more progressive change in our societies.

 

 

FINDERS KEEPERS?? BEST NOT TO LOSE YOUR SMARTPHONE IN ISRAEL

Yet another ruling from the dark ages regarding lost property …..

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The new halachic ruling, issued by Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, states that banned cellular phone are not considered a property which, if lost, must be returned to its owner according to the Torah.

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Rabbi: No need to return lost smartphone
Halachic ruling issued by Rabbi Karelitz says because advanced cellular phone is ‘not kosher,’ there is no obligation to give it back to its owner*An innovative halachic ruling issued recently states that there is no need to return a lost “non-kosher” phone to its owner.

The ruling was given following an incident which took place in a bakery in the central city of Bnei Brak, when a saleswoman refused to return a smartphone to its owner. The case sparked a halachic debate on social networks on whether the saleswoman had violated the “thou shalt not steal” commandment.

The new halachic ruling, issued by Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, states that banned cellular phone are not considered a property which, if lost, must be returned to its owner according to the Torah.

Meanwhile, a new court on communication affairs was established in the ultra-Orthodox sector at the initiative of Refael Meir, the brother of haredi journalist Yedidia Meir. The court will headed by five leading rabbis, who will issue rulings on the use of cellular phones and the Internet.

The decision to set up the new institution was made during a meeting held at the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the leaders of the haredi Ashkenazi public.

The court will also run a PR campaign against haredi websites which rabbis have ordered their followers to boycott. Some of these websites have been taken down as a result of the boycott calls, yet many other websites have been launched recently.

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HATRED GROWS IN JERUSALEM DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

Here’s another one for the ‘Christian’ zionists visiting Jerusalem this week….

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Another Israeli church defaced with ‘price tag’ graffiti

Graffiti reading ‘Jesus, son of a bitch, price tag,’ was found on the door of the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

By Oz Rosenberg and Nir Hasson
The graffiti outside the church in Jerusalem.
A hand-out picture released Tuesday by the Franciscan monastery showing anti-Christian graffiti denigrating Jesus. Photo by AP/HO 

Less than a month after a monastery at Latrun was vandalized with “price tag” graffiti, similar graffiti was found Tuesday morning on the door of the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The graffiti, which read “Jesus, son of a bitch, price tag,” had already been removed by midmorning Tuesday, Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

Jerusalem Police Chief Maj. Gen. Yossi Pariente yesterday ordered the formation of a special investigative team to locate the perpetrators. No one has yet been arrested for last month’s vandalism.

Jewish extremists are thought to have carried out similar vandalism on churches, mosques and army property in response to what they consider pro-Palestinian government policies. The Latrun vandalism occurred shortly after settlers were evicted from the illegal outpost of Migron.

The Dormition Church, built over a century ago near the site of the Last Supper, is one of the Franciscan order’s most important holdings in the Holy Land. Though Israel has only about 155,000 Christian citizens, less than 2 percent of its 7.9 million people, the repeated defacing of their sacred sites has shocked the country and drawn official condemnation.

“Price tag actions contradict the morals and values of Judaism and do great harm to the State of Israel,” said President Shimon Peres, speaking at a meeting with one of Israel’s chief rabbis at a Sukkot reception yesterday. “It is forbidden to harm the holy sites of [other] religions and faiths.”

Church officials have said mere condemnation is not enough. In an interview with Haaretz a few weeks ago, one of the Vatican’s top officials in the Holy Land, the Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, sharply condemned what he termed Israelis’ derogatory attitude toward Christians.

“When you say ‘Christianity’ to Israelis they immediately think of the Holocaust and the [Spanish] Inquisition,” he said. “People don’t know that we are here and have roots here.”

He said this attitude seems to be prevalent in Israeli society, noting that priests are often spat on by yeshiva students, and that National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari had torn up a New Testament in the Knesset.

“If you as a Jew want people to respect you, you need to respect others,” Pizzaballa said.

Various rabbis condemned the vandalism.

“We only just finished with Yom Kippur … and now we have another sin for which we must atone – contempt for another religion,” said Rabbi Mauricio Balter, president of the Masorti (Conservative ) Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv of the Reform Movement warned that “This price tag epidemic threatens to become a routine part of Israeli public life, causing moral, social and international damage. Law enforcement, which has failed to deal with the phenomenon, must make this a much higher priority than it has until now.”

The Reform Movement, in a statement, also urged the thousands of people who will be visiting Jerusalem’s Old City during the intermediate days of this week’s Sukkot holiday to “visit the desecrated site and express their disgust with this act.”

The Custodia Terrae Sanctae, the Franciscans’ representative in the Holy Land, said that Israel must do more to eliminate the price tag phenomenon.

“The attempts to damage monasteries and the spray-painting of inflammatory graffiti against Christianity, which have occurred repeatedly recently, are an insult to the hundreds of millions of Christian faithful throughout the world, and the State of Israel cannot allow such grave acts to occur,” the statement said.

 

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MONEY TALKS LOUDER THAN MODESTY IN ISRAELI SUPERMARKETS

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’!
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Haredi supermarket removes ‘modesty signs’

Osher Ad branch in Beit Shemesh removes notice asking women to dress modestly while shopping. ‘All we care about is offering the cheapest prices,’ says chain co-owner


The decision to remove the signs came a day after it was reported that the store handed out black gowns to women who did not comply with the modesty code, stirring anger among female shoppers.  The Osher Ad supermarket chain removed signs posted in its Beit Shemesh branch, asking women to dress modestly while shopping in the store.

“Dear customers, when visiting Osher Ad, please help us respect all those who shop at our store by dressing modestly. Thank you for your cooperation,” the original sign read.

Beit Shemesh resident Sonia told Ynet that she came to Osher Ad after hearing of a new supermarket that offers reasonable prices. At the entrance to the store, the guard gave her and her mother black gowns. “He told me to put it on my shoulders and cover myself. I refused, so he said ”put it on your shoulders or else someone might have a heart attack.”

המודעה והגלימה. סניף "אושר עד" בבית שמש

The sign and the gowns

  

Commenting on the sudden decision to remove the notices and stop handing out black gowns, Osher Ad co-owner Avraham Margaliot said the chain “loves all the people of Israel and only cares about selling cheap products. Signs or no signs – all we care about is offering the cheapest prices.


“We continue to respect the wishes of our customers and provide service to everyone according to their conscience,” he added.

A statement issued by the supermarket chain noted that “following customers’ requests, we decided to remove the sign temporarily in order to draft a version that is acceptable to the all our clientele.”

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