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Tel Aviv Says No to Gender Separation

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The Education Ministry’s decision to separate Tel Aviv elementary school boys and girls at an event devoted to childhood games must not go by the board. The explanation the ministry gave – a need to be considerate of religious schools participating in the event – is infuriating and shows that religious standards are taking over the public sphere. The boundary this time was set by half the elementary school principals in the city, who announced that they would not take part in the event.

There was no response to the separation of boys and girls at a sports event in previous years, apparently due to outmoded gender concepts. The principals’ protest this year required the Education Ministry to formulate an explanation, and the first claim that was pulled out was consideration of the religious education system, where separation between boys and girls is the norm.

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