Photo: Tal Cohen
Side by side?
Photo: Tal Cohen

Woman on Bnei Brak city council?

City's Labor branch to place woman in party roster's number two spot saying it aims to 'change perception of this city'

Members of the Labor party branch in Bnei Brak have decided that in the upcoming municipal elections, the number two spot on their list would be a alloted to a woman; the branch has also decided to have their candidate run for mayor.


Can a woman serve on the city's council, who is compromised of 23 men, all of whom are ultra-Orthodox? Should Labor succeed in winning two extra seats in the next local elections that very well may be the case.


Yosef Dror, who is running for chairman of Bnei Brak's Labor party branch, said he is trying to rally the support needed from Orthodox residents of the secular Pardes Katz neighborhood, where Dror acts as chairman of the neighborhood committee.


According to the city's rabbis, the next mayor of Bnei Brak is slated to be Yakov Asher, the United Torah Judaism representative, who will be taking over from current Mayor Rabbi Yissochor Frankenthal, but Labor is trying to prevent that.

Change the city's perception (Photo: Yaron Brener)


Dror is trying to convince Labor and its politicians,like MKs Etan Cabel and Avishay Braverman, to name him thier candidate for in the race for Bnei Brak mayorship.


Dror: "This week we will determine our list for city council, and I hope that we will get at least two seats, because we are planning to place a woman in our number two spot.


"Our aim is to change the perception of this city, and just like there are women in Jerusalem's city council, there will be a woman on this city council. The rabbis will have to get used to the fact that there is a secular population in Bnei Brak that needs to be heard and needs to be attended to just like the Haradi population".


The Labor branch in Bnei Brak has refused to reveal the identity of woman who will hold the number two spot. The woman herself refused to reveal her identity until her nomination has become official.


פרסום ראשון: 09.01.08, 17:01
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