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Political: January 13, 2013

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Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, no. 13 on “HaBayit HaYehudi” party’s candidate list, is opposed to women singing in public, and thinks that Israeli Arabs are unwanted guests in the country.

(Hebrew – Walla!)

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January 13th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Closed Society: May ‎‏11‏‎, 2012‎

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The municipal youth council of Kfar Saba cancelled a program of girls’ singing on the “Youth Movement Day” under pressure from the religious youth movement Bnei Akiva

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May 11th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

State and Religion: April 30, 2012

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A number of observant employees of the Bank of Israel left a Memorial Day ceremony held at by the bank in protest over the performance of singer Shuli Natan.  Other employees chose not to attend the ceremony for the same reason.

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April 30th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Military and Security Forces: April 23, 2012

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Haredi soldiers have announced that they will boycott the Memorial Day ceremony in the IDF’s Naval Commando base in Atlit if it will include women singing.

(Hebrew - Walla)

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April 23rd, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Military and Security Forces: February 20, 2012

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Haredi soldiers have applied to the IDF’s Chief Rabbi for exemptions from events in which women sing, claiming that women’s singing arouses “thoughts about women.”

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February 20th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Closed Society: January 26, 2012‎

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Kobi Levi, a senior journalist in the Shas party magazine “from day to day”, claimed in his weekly column that promiscuity in the IDF is responsible for its failures. He gives as examples of promiscuity the “marginalization” of religious soldiers who refuse to hear women singing and the appointment of women to senior positions in the IDF. He wrote that “the loose army, despite its promiscuity, cannot undermine the heavenly protection we gain through Torah studies”.

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January 26th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Military and Security Forces: January 9, 2012

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Students and soldiers from the Hesder Yeshivas [?] have called on IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz to reconsider his order to forbid religious troops from leaving official ceremonies which include women singing.

 

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January 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Military and Security Forces: December 23, 2011

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The Director-General of the Hesder Yeshivas, Lieutenant-Colonel (Res.) Eitan Ozeri, has stated in an interview that soldiers should be allowed to leave ceremonies in which women are singing if such singing is offensive to them.  Ozeri also called settlement removal a “landmine” in the relationship between the Army and the students of the Hesder Yeshivas.  He stated that “the Army should be wise enough not to tread in areas about which there is great controversy.”

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December 23rd, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Closed Society: November 29, 2011

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Members of Knesset Yaakov Katz (National Union) and Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), proposed a bill which will give orthodox soldiers immunity from disciplinary proceedings, if they refuse to participate in ceremonies featuring women singing.

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November 29th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Closed Society: November 17,2011‎

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Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Head of the Hesder Yeshiva in Elon Moreh, announced that if the IDF forces soldiers to participate in ceremonies where women sing, then he would advise against drafting. According to Rabbi Levanon, this IDF decision constitutes a “forced  conversion” – a term that designates an attempt to eradicate Judaism. “Rabbis must direct soldiers to leave such ceremonies… even if a firing squad is waiting outside you must leave the place. It’s called “forced conversion”. As soon as the army issues such a coercive order, all norms are broken, everything is broken,” said the Rabbi.

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November 17th, 2011 at 8:47 am