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Jewish women are clearly inferior to the men

What kind of state would even consider implementing gender apartheid?

Will Tiberias be the next city to offer segregated buses for the haredi population?

On Sunday, Haaretz reported that haredi representatives in the city sent a letter to Veolia Transportation asking the company to operate a special line for the haredi population.

The legality of such lines is uncertain pending a High Court of Justice ruling on the matter and Tiberias municipal officials say it is unnecessary.

Rabbi Asher Idan, director of Jerusalem-based Kol HaNa’ar, a haredi organization that helps at-risk youth, contacted Veolia Transportation last week requesting the company designate a special bus line for the haredi population in Tiberas, where for modesty’s sake, men and women sit at opposite ends of the bus. Such routes, which have been termed “Mehadrin lines,” exist in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh, Safed, Ashdod and other cities with large haredi populations.

According to Idan, the haredi community wants a bus that will take its members from the lower city to Shikun Dalet (the Dalet Neighborhood), where a majority of the haredi population resides. “The religious/haredi community in Tiberias is large and important and will surely appreciate the new initiative that already exists in Israel’s large cities,” read the letter.

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  • Shaun

    "What kind of state would even consider implementing gender apartheid?"

    Gee let me think – how about vast swathes of the Islamic world eg Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afgahnistan and Malaysia?.  I'm sure Antony will be posting about the real and violent opression of women's rights in those countries any day now,  Oh hang on, there's no Jews left in those places so maybe not.

    I'd also love to figure out how Antony reaches the foul conclusion that having men and women in seperate bus seats somehow equates to “Jewish women are clearly inferior to the men”.  Does having seperate toilets for men and women in Australia mean that we are practicing "gender apartheid', and can we also therefore similarly conclude that Australian women are clearly inferior to the men?  And what of the other forms of segregating the genders and faith in tax-payer funded facilities in Australia such as 'Muslim women only' sessions at the local pool, Islamic prayer rooms at the airport, women only study rooms at the University etc etc.  Wow, by using Antony's logic, it's easy to conclude that Australia is just as evil and mysogynistic as Saudi Arabia.

  •  

    Wow, Shaun, what are you cackling on about here?

    You make a claim about 'Anthony's logic' while it's abundantly clear that you've missed the point of the post.

    In all three monotheisms the gender separation and different expectations placed upon the sexes comes from a patriarchal perspective in which women are indeed expected to be submissive (and less valuable, remnants of this attitude still reverberate in the 'liberal' West too) to men. Judaism is no different.

    Anthony's point though IMHO is that Israel claims to be a Liberal Democracy and this is not the way Liberal Democracies are supposed to treat women. Israel's separation between Synagogue and State is far from perfect and this is very worth mentioning since as Israel constantly promotes itself as a beacon of Democracy in an ocean of obscurantism.

    For more examples of deeply illiberal encroachment of Judaism's religious values on separation between Synagogue and Stat in Israele, try this resource here:
    http://thehasbarabuster.blogspot.com/2009/12/if-t

  • Shaun

    "In all three monotheisms the gender separation and different expectations placed upon the sexes comes from a patriarchal perspective in which women are indeed expected to be submissive (and less valuable, remnants of this attitude still reverberate in the ‘liberal’ West too) to men. Judaism is no different."

    You clearly don't know any Jewish women!

  • ej

    Gert has honed in the essence.

    The three monotheisms are equally culpable. Indeed, it's been my view that a dominant objective of the construction of the three monotheisms has been to entrench the subjugation of women. And in that role they have succeed magnificently. Man (in this the masculine gender) creates god in his own image.

    And of course all three monotheisms originate in one part of the world, reproducing common elements across otherwise disparate ethnicities and cultures.

    In the last several hundred years, material affluence and its associated secular impulse have eaten away at the stranglehold over women's freedoms, albeit unevenly across the three religions. 

    Shaun is, as usual, defending the indefensible. He has pulled a swifty, reflective of a curious sideline in the Hasbara – to make Orthodox Jewry invisible. Basically, they're an embarrassment to secular Jewry, for whom Judiasm is no more than a fashionable accessory. Yet sections of the Orthodox communities, right across the affluent world, yet self-consigned to ghettos, continue to treat their women as chattel. The claim that separation of the sexes in transport is analogous to the presumed reasonableness of separate toilet facilities is risible.

    The same odious repression that hides behind religion transcends particular religions and ethnicities.

  • Shaun

    "Basically, they’re an embarrassment to secular Jewry, for whom Judiasm is no more than a fashionable accessory."

    Truly amazing that such ignorance exists.  You're exactly the sort of so-called 'anti-Zionist' that feigns indignation when Jews call you exactly what you are.

  • ej

    Israel is the new replacement for Judaism, the new coagulant that gives significant sections of the the secular Jewish communities a sense of belonging.

    Depraved.

    It was a colleague who renounced his Israeli citizenship out of disgust who brought this phenomenon to my attention.

  • Shaun

    "Israel is the new replacement for Judaism, the new coagulant that gives significant sections of the the secular Jewish communities a sense of belonging.

    Depraved."

    ej what on Earth are you on about son?.  This sort of statement along with your clumsy use of the term Hasbara makes it pretty clear that you have NFI about Jewish culture.  Let me fill you in on a couple of basic facts that you clearly don't understand:

    1.  There were forms of Jewish faith other than Orthodox prior to 1948.  Despite your claim to the contrary, these people did not see their Jewishness as a "fashion accessory"  

    2.  Judaism is more than just a faith.  It is also a culture and an ethnic group.  A person is born Jewish irrespective of how they choose to practice their faith if at all.  By your reasoning, Antony is not a real Jew and is simply using the title as a fashion accessory.  Do you think he sees himself as Jewish even though he isn't Orthodox?

    Secular Jews are the major proportion of Israel's population – is their Judaism also nothing more than a fashion accessory?  Lets extend your twisted logic to the Arabs?  Are they not real Muslims unless they are Wahabists?  We would have to conclude that their faith in "Palestine" is just a replacement for the true version of Islam that they have abandonded and are embarrased by. 

    Wake up fool.

  •  

    Shaun:

     

    "You clearly don’t know any Jewish women!"

     

    Silly soundbity straw men will not get you out of this pickle, Shaun.

     

    The post isn't about 'Jewish women', it's about that portion of Israeli orthodox Jews that want to implement a type of gender segregation that is the result of patriarchic attitudes to women, as professed by the three monotheisms (but not exclusively by them either) and how this contradicts Israel's projection as a Liberal, Enlightened State.

     

    In an ethnocracy like Israel, where the ethnicity is also completely intertwined with a religion, more rather than less of such incidents are to be expected in the future.

  • Loewenstein's only 'crime' here is the choice of a somewhat clunky title but you need to read this post not just as an excerpt of the JPost's article, you need to read also the JPost's article itself.

  • Shaun

    Fair points Gert and well argued.  I'm uncofomrtable with the State supporting what to me is an udesirable separation of the sexes.  However, that community is a large proportion of Israeli society.  They pay their taxes and have every right to have a say in what services are created to serve their community – that is true democracy.  People choose to live different lives to you and me.  We may find it bizarre, disgusting or outright offensive but it is their choice and in a democracy, they have every right to live their lives the way they choose.  I don't like seeing Muslim women in Australia wearing full Chadors and walking five feet behind their husbands but it would be wrong for our Government to make such behaviour illegal.  Antony was just trying to score cheap points with ludicrous claims of 'state sponsored gender-apartheid" and the inferiority of Jewish women.  Very Sophmoric stuff.