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Female soldier in the IDF (PHoto: IDF Sponkesperson's unit)
In the IDF, not all women are equal
Religious girls wanting to serve in the military do not enjoy the same support and preparation as their male counterparts, nor are they given more than a fraction of their support their non-religious counterparts receive
A court petition filed this week against the Education Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Social Equality Ministry  demands that girls in religious schools be given the same preparation as religious boys for military service, akin to the prepoaration offered girls in non-religious schools.

 

Female soldiers in the IDF(Photo: IDF Sopokesperson's unit)
Female soldiers in the IDF(Photo: IDF Sopokesperson's unit)

 

Amnon Lorch, the attorney behind the petition, is demanding equal budgets for preparatory programs, regardless of gender.

 

Despite a Supreme Court ruling from January, the Education Ministry has not provided equal budgets to religious schools for the purpose of preparing female students for military service.

 

Only a fraction of the budget given to non-religious schools is provided for the benefit of religious girls in violation of the ruling.

 

Education Minister Rafi Peretz, head of the religious Jewish Home party (Photo: EPA)
Education Minister Rafi Peretz, head of the religious Jewish Home party (Photo: EPA)

 

Minister of Education Rafi Peretz said Monday that he will be holding meetings with his staff to discuss the matter in the coming days.

 

Peretz who previously served as the chief rabbi of the IDF, said religious women in the military deserve the best possible support.

 

However, when challenged on whether he supports religious girls serving in the first place, the minister was far less clear.

 

He has also refrained from addressing girls preparing for the service in the past

 


פרסום ראשון: 07.21.19, 21:34
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