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    • Rik McKenzie
    • 12.07.10 | 16:00 (IDT)

    I have met Anat Hoffman and I can tell you that she is an intelligent and independat woman, as all should be. For all people who believe that she must bow to the will of out-dated ideologies enforced by backward-thinking rabbis who aren't looking to do good for the greater community, you must open your minds to other perspectives on this highly controversial issue. Any country or person who beleives in freedom of speech and the ability to live an independant life in a democratic society would realise that this travesty is comming close to a human right violation. And to all people who will refute this comment with talk of it's a 'high court rulling' and 'tradition', I would like to say upfront that a high court rulling set down by orthodox influenced judges is not a balanced and fair rulling, rather an oppressive move to oppress women who live in modern Israel. And that Jewish traditions have changed endlessly through the development of Judaism from Abraham, right up you and I, so why must they stay the same so that 'we live as our ancestors did'. Living in the past has never brought forward any productive changes that have bettered the world, never. And as a student, travelling and learning in Israel for 10 months (4 of which was entirely in Jeruslaem), I have seen the divide amoung the Orthodox and everyone else. I have not only been witness but personally involved in violence and oppression of my freedom to behave as a regular human being in a 'free' country. And I find these disgusting acts of violence and close-mindedness, disgrassful as I am part of the same religion, although sometimes I feel that as a reform Jew in the diaspora that the Orthodox wouldn't even bat an eyelid if my existance in the world was wiped out, simply because I don't live in their world. And that, my fellow Jews and fellow citizens of the world is a travesty against the most basic forms of compassion and human rights.

    from the article: Police arrest Women of the Wall leader for praying with Torah scroll
    First published 11:34 12.07.10 | Last updated 11:34 12.07.10
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