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In Israel, Sex-segregated Vocational Training Is Just the Start

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While the state is considering its response to last week’s Jerusalem Labor Court ruling ordering the sexual integration of a men-only civil service training program, Israeli Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef has made it clear that the separation of men and women, in the workplace and in all other areas of life, is a biblical commandment. As such, it does not recognize the artificial boundaries of the duration of training, as the supporters of sex segregation promise. This separation must continue to spread, resulting in a fundamental change to the public space.

Last week the labor court, in response to a petition by the Israel Women’s Network, gave the state 30 days to bring at least 10 women into the program, which began around two months ago with about 20 ultra-Orthodox men, in order to redress the violation of the right to equality.........

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