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Allowing Gender Segregation

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In the wake of the storm around the separation of men and women at a concert in Afula, on Thursday Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit issued guidelines that will enable local governments to hold gender-segregated events. That, in violation of a policy of his office since 2013 prohibiting a government ministry or other public authority from holding a public event at which men and women are separated, with the exception of an event that is primarily a religious rite or ceremony. In other words, Mendelblit has given the green light to a government authority imposing the separation of men and women.

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Despite Mendelblit’s declaration of the importance of gender equality, his guidelines will not stop the demand for gender segregation at public events for ultra-Orthodox Jews. This will become the norm for the various groups........

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