« Home | Hezbollah's drug jihad in Mexico » | French supreme court declares 75 percent tax incre... » | Sharia prosecutions in Egypt » | Aryeh Deri apologizes for his "Russians and whites... » | The history of "va'ad hatzniut" » | Netanyahu asks for review of restrictive policy on... » | Shas party's pretentious Aryeh Deri goes blatherin... » | A doctor you should never turn to for treatment » | The Islamist dominated Syrian "National" Council » | Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg's attacker has been indicte... » 

Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Religion takes precedence in a sport game

A very galling display of sex discrimination took place at a junior league basketball game between Alfei Menashe's team and a team from Raanana, Elitzur, because the former had a girl member and the latter had some religious boys who may have been Haredi on it whose form of religious upbringing means they "couldn't touch a girl" (via Life in Israel). So, let's see if I can translate that Hebrew language article as best as possible:
Within reaching distance: the basketball game between the groups of Elitzur Raanana and Alfe Menashe was stopped after the Elitzur coach noticed that one of the players on the other team, Shauna Greenbaum, 10 years old, is also a girl. "I can not allow the children to play because they are religious who keep from contact [shomrei negiah]," he explained. The coach of Alfe Menashe would not prevent Shauna playing and Raanana were forced to return.

"The coach told me they were not prepared to play with me because I'm a girl," said Sheeran. "It's very offensive," added the girl who spent the previous game between the two teams bitterly crying on the bench.

"They are children in fifth grade and it's not a matter of keeping from contact at that age," explained Shauna's mother. The coach joined her saying, "Our group all are equal regardless of gender, height or talent," he explained.

No doubt such an event everyone loses, but who won the event official victory is actually Elizur. The team forfeited because the team of Alfei Menashe refused to hold the game under the conditions set by them.
Now just what justifies giving that team with a discriminatory view of girls the right to earn the technical score? According to this post, the most dismaying part of all is that the basketball association running these matches allows for a team with religious members to decide if girls can or can't be on the other team. Well that's something that's going to have to be changed. Girls have every right to join and practice on basketball teams, whether they're seeking a career in the sport or not. And the religious boys on Raanana's Elitzur team should not be taking part in the tournament if they're going to let their religious beliefs trump the fun that's supposed to be part of the whole game. The Alfei Menashe coach was right not to stand for this humiliating position this time, and they shouldn't play with the team again until they start setting a better example.

Update: here's more on the case from Alison Kaplan Sommer.

Labels: , , , ,

Links to this post

Create a Link

About me

  • I'm Avi Green
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
  • I was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. I also enjoyed reading a lot of comics when I was young, the first being Fantastic Four. I maintain a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy in facts. I like to think of myself as a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. I don't expect to be perfect at the job, but I do my best.
My profile



    avigreen2002@yahoo.com About profile Gab page Minds page

      I also contribute to

    • The Astute Bloggers
    • Infidel Bloggers Alliance
    • Which also includes (open menu)

      My other sites

    • The Four Color Media Monitor
    • The Comic Book Discrimination Dossiers
    • Hawkfan
    • The Greatest Thing on Earth!
    • The Outer Observatory
    • Earth's Mightiest Heroines
    • Puzzle Paradise
    • The Co-Stars Primer
    • Cinema Capsule Cavalcade
    • Food Diner
    • News/Opinion sites (open menu)

      Writers and special activity groups (open menu)

      Media Watchdogs (open menu)

      Columnist bloggers (open menu)

      Research on terrorism (open menu)

      Milbloggers (open menu)

      Trackback parties (open menu)

      Trackback tools

    • Wizbang Standalone pinger
    • Other bloggers: Israel and Asia (open menu)

      Other bloggers: Europe (open menu)

      Other bloggers: American continent (open menu)

      Museum sites (open menu)

      Bloggeries Blog Directory blog directory Top Blogs Politics blogs Politics Blogs
      Politics blog TopOfBlogs
      All Politic Sites Society blog Blog Directory & Search engine blog directory View My Stats


    • W3 Counter stats
    • GoStats charts
    • Click here to see website statistics
    • eXTReMe Tracker Locations of visitors to this page

    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

    make money online blogger templates

Older Posts Newer Posts

Tel-Chai Nation is powered by Blogspot and Gecko & Fly.
No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.
Join the Google Adsense program and learn how to make money online.