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Et Tu, Aharon Barak?

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Given the growing acceptance of demands for separation between men and women in various realms of life, with different government ministries even encouraging this, the address delivered by former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak on the ultra-Orthodox campus of the Ono Academic College gives dangerous legitimacy to the trend toward gender separation and religious extremism.

The proper response to these trends is not cooperation or any degree of acceptance, but a principled rejection and a consistent, uncompromising struggle over the image of a country that claims to champion equality, in which both sexes are entitled to the same degree of freedom and respect.

“When in Rome, I do as the Romans,” said Barak, explaining why he agreed to speak at the college’s Haredi campus in Jerusalem to male and female law students separated by a........

© Haaretz