Demonstration by Non-Haredi Women in Mea Shearim - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Greer Fay Cashman
    • 22.09.10 | 07:26 (IST)

    Mea Shearim has long been a city within a city - a haredi enclave which for the most part makes its own rules which are by and large acceptable to its residents. There is a big difference between gender separation and gender discrimination. Most non-haredis don't understand it and make the mistake of judging what goes on in Mea Shearim by their own values. That same mistake is made in negotiations with the Palestinians. They come from a different tradition and a different mind-set. When there are human rights violations that involve obvious cruelty and bloodshed, other people have a right to step in and interfere. But no-one has the right to impose their views and their rules on a relatively peaceful community whose life style may be different. Mea Shearim is usually peaceful,. It becomes violent only in reaction to what it perceives as the trashing of Jewish values. Gender separation comes within that category. A march by opponents to gender separation is a provocation which in Mea Shearim invites violent reaction. If any of the marchers get hurt, they should remember that they brought it on themselves.

    from the article: Haredi extremists versus visitors - women are not invited
    First published 01:08 22.09.10 | Last updated 01:08 22.09.10
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