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In Israel, a Bad Taste of Coercion by the Left

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The director of Israeli reality chose to end the story of the concert in Afula in a very original and wise way. Both sides claimed victory. The concert was held with the sexes segregated, just as the Supreme Court was granting the Israel Women’s Network’s appeal against such an eventuality.

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Despite the happy ending, there is still room to wonder about the way events developed, mostly because, if Afula City Hall had been forbidden to hold the concert with the sexes segregated, it would have been hard not to feel that an injustice had been done.

With all due respect, the “public space” doesn’t have its own will. The public space belongs to the real public, and if the real ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, community in Afula – men and women together – want to hold an event with the sexes separated, it’s hard to see a ban from the outside as anything but coercion.

“We regret that the Supreme Court justices chose irrelevant legal chicanery over common sense and logic,” said the ultra-Orthodox Shas party about the ruling. It was hard not to think about my Haaretz........

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