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Closed Society: April 4, 2013

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Jerusalem District Police Commander, Major General Yossi Pariente, informed members of the Women of the Wall group that from now on they will be forbidden from saying the Kaddish at the Western Wall – in addition to the prohibitions on wrapping themselves in a Tallit and reading the Torah. (Jerusalem Post)

(Hebrew – Ynet)

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April 4th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

State and Religion: February 11, 2013

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Ten women who participated in a monthly prayer at the Western Wall while wrapping themselves in a tallit were arrested and held for questioning, and a temporary restraining order from the Western Wall was issued against some of them. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 11th, 2013 at 9:40 am

Closed Society: January 7, 2013

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A Bedouin man who attempted to pray in the Beer-Sheva Country Club was asked by the club’s security guards to stop praying and leave the premises.  The guards threatened to cancel the man’s membership, and yelled at him “go to Tibi”.

(Hebrew – Walla!)

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January 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Closed Society: February 19, 2012

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Beersheva mayor Rubik Danilovich refuses to allocate land for a Christian cemetery in town.

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February 19th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Political: February 3, 2012

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A recent Ministry of Education questionnaire distributed recently at elementary schools contains questions about the degree of the students’ belief in God.  The questionnaire states that affinity to religion could cure disease and improve quality of life.  When approached for a comment, the Ministry replied that the questionnaire has been removed from circulation.

(Hebrew)

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February 3rd, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Economy and Society: December 13, 2011

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Israel scored Zero at the 2010 International Religious Freedom Index, published this weekend by CIRI Organization, a project collecting data on human rights. 53 out of 195 countries scored 0 at this index, thus Israel is placed at the bottom quarter of the world list.

(Hebrew)

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December 13th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Closed Society: 12 April, 2011

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Members of the City Council of Jerusalem, both from coalition and opposition parties, oppose the demand raised by the Muslim employees of the Municipality, to designate a room in the city hall in the Safra Square, for use as a mosque.

(hebrew)

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April 12th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Education: 11 January, 2001

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During a special hearing at the Knesset Education Committee, representatives of the Bnei Brak and Jerusalem municipalities presented data showing that, since the beginning of the school year, 40 girls remain with no formal educational arrangement. The girls are students of a Sephardic background that religious Ashkenazi seminaries refuse to enroll. Adv. Yoav Lalum, the GM of Noar Kahalacha, claimed during the hearing that the representatives are in fact lying and the phenomenon is much wider.

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January 11th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Closed Society: 18 November, 2010

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The US Department of State annual report about the status of freedom of religion claims that the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Amar “has deleted years of progress in terms of easing restrictions on conversions into Judaism and expanding the concept of Judaism.” The report critiques the monopoly held by the Orthodox stream of Judaism in controlling marital status in Israel. According to the report, approximately 360 thousand immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union are not recognized as Jews and therefore cannot get married, divorced, or buried in Israel.

The status of approximately 40,000 people who were converted in the special, state-run conversion tribunals is up in the air. (Hebrew)

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November 18th, 2010 at 6:41 pm