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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Netta Ahituv
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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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