What Notes Passed by Officers Reveal About Sexism in the Israeli Army

Harassment is alive and well in the notes that male officers in the IDF pass among themselves – and to female officers – during work meetings

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The note that ended up on Twitter, which says, “Believe me, you’re what interests me the most here in the room. They’re all dishrags.”
The note that ended up on Twitter, which says, “Believe me, you’re what interests me the most here in the room. They’re all dishrags.” Credit: From the Twitter account of Faye Gutman
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv

The tweet by a friend of a female officer in the Israel Defense Forces last year caused a minor furor. She posted a photo of a note that had been passed to the officer by her (male) superior, a colonel, during a work meeting. In IDF terms it was an important event. The note, written on a piece of paper that looked like it had been torn out of a bookkeeping ledger, stated, “Believe me, you’re what interests me the most here in the room. They’re all dishrags.”

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