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Bulletin board in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood
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Women want Jerusalem modesty signs removed
After Beit Shemesh residents win battle against signs disrespecting women, Jerusalem councilwoman and two social activists call on mayor to remove offensive signs from capital's haredi neighborhoods.
Will the Jerusalem Municipality remove the famous modesty signs which have been hanging in the city's ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods for years?

 

 

Following the recent victory of four religious women from Beit Shemesh in a battle against signs disrespecting women, Jerusalem Councilwoman Laura Wharton and social activists Nili Weinfeld and Karnina Keinan have appealed to Mayor Nir Barkat, demanding that he remove the offensive signs from the capital's streets.

 

The four women from Beit Shemesh each received NIS 15,000 (about $3,850) after suing their municipality over similar signs hung in the city by radical haredi groups.

 

Sign in Mea Shearim: 'Please do not walk through our neighborhood in immodest clothing'
Sign in Mea Shearim: 'Please do not walk through our neighborhood in immodest clothing'
 

"The signs were meant to limit the use of the public domain by all women," Judge David Gideoni wrote in his ruling. "This could create an expectation or understanding that the area in which the sign was posted belongs in practice to a certain population."

 

Following the precedential ruling, the plaintiffs decided to do everything in their power to remove such signs from other cities in Israel, including Jerusalem.

 

Wharton, Weinfeld and Keinan are demanding that Barkat remove the offensive signs from the city's streets immediately, arguing that they were posted by radical elements without receiving the required permits.

 


פרסום ראשון: 02.09.15, 00:17
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