at Jewish family gatherings, the men sat at the dining room table, the women in the living room and the cousins, of both sexes were together in another room. These were not Haredim, or even Halachically Observant Jews--it was something they brought with them from Eastern-Central Europe. It had no bearing on the status of women. If the way my Polish Jewish grandfather treated his wife is any indication of the role of the woman in Judaism, it was hardly subservient. In fact, it could be argued that the Jewish woman had a dominant role in family and communal life, but you didn't "see it". Granted , times have changed, so have moraes, It was not Apartheid, a term that has become to be misued by people who would rather throw a pejorative at the people they dislike rather than think a situation through. A few talkbackers have made the point that the customer is always right, so if ElAl provides a possiblity of a section for men, with specific conditions, and, a price, that would solve the problem--not "Apartheid", but the customer pays his money and gets his choice!
Ex-FM Lieberman: Firebomb attack in Jerusalem a reminder that norm is Arab terror against Jews (Haar