Photo: Gil Yohanan
Rabbinical court. 'It was a private initiative' (archives)
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Rabbinical court offers safe room for men only

Sex segregation continues during air raid sirens: While men visiting Ashdod's rabbinical court are directed to fortified area, women are told to seek shelter in regular courtroom.

Couples arriving at the rabbinical court in the rocket-battered southern city of Ashdod in the past week were amazed to discover that they would have to go separate ways in case of an air raid siren – the men to the safe room and the women to one of the courtrooms.



Ashdod is one of the cities which has been hit with the biggest amount of rockets since the start of the Israeli operation in Gaza.


"I arrived at the court this week with my husband, and we immediately began looking for the safe room so that we would know where to go if necessary," a local resident recounted Tuesday.


"After a short search I realized that there is a safe area, but that only my husband is permitted to use it. Although we were offended by the attempt to force segregation on us even at such a time, we went to check if there is a safe room for women as well. We found out that in case of a siren, I would have to hide in one of the courtrooms, which looks like any other room."


Sources in the court tried to explain that the room the women are sent too is also fortified, but one of the citizens who sought shelter in the room during a siren reported that "it's just a big room with windows and regular walls."


The rabbinical courts' management offered the following response: "It's a private initiative and the person responsible for it will be punished."


פרסום ראשון: 07.16.14, 23:51
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