Israeli Army Officers Block Female Soldier From Emceeing Western Wall Ceremony

The officers violated Israeli army guidelines prohibiting gender discrimination by acceding to the demand by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation to replace the female soldier

Yaniv Kubovich
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Robinson's Arch at the southern end of the Western Wall, which is the only site at the Kotel where non-Orthodox Jewish streams are allowed to conduct egalitarian prayer.
Robinson's Arch at the southern end of the Western Wall, which is the only site at the Kotel where non-Orthodox Jewish streams are allowed to conduct egalitarian prayer.Credit: Emil Salman
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Officers from a top Israeli infantry brigade breached army guidelines against gender discrimination by forbidding a female officer from officiating at an initiation ceremony held at the Western Wall on Thursday, following objections from the body which administers the Jewish holy site.

The female officer from the Education Corps was replaced by a male counterpart after the demand from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the civilian body responsible for running the area.

The Israeli military's spokesperson said that “Prior to the initiation ceremony of the Givati Brigade's soldiers, the Education Corps officer was asked to refrain from moderating it, at the request of the civilian body that was involved in hosting the event. The request was made during a rehearsal."

The IDF officials said that the officers' decision to replace the master (or mistress) of ceremonies was "a wrong judgement…without consulting their superiors," who were not aware of the situation. The army added that they would investigate the incident.

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