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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 

Beit Shemesh court calls for modesty signs to be removed

A court in Beit Shemesh has given a victory to the women harmed by Haredi extremism and their de facto sharia impositions:
The Beit Shemesh Magistrate’s Court ruled on Sunday that the Beit Shemesh Municipality must remove prominent signs put up in central locations in the city warning women to dress modestly and not to linger in certain places, and awarded the four plaintiffs a combined total of NIS 60,000 in damages.

There have been signs on display in haredi (ultra-Orthodox) neighborhoods in the city for several years now, placed by staunchly conservative haredi synagogues and communal organizations, telling women to dress modestly in the particular area of the city where the signs were posted.

Some of the signs also instructed women not to tarry outside certain synagogues and other spots in haredi neighborhoods.

Beit Shemesh is home to a large haredi population, including several extremist and radical groups that have been responsible for incidents of harassment and violence over municipal issues in recent years.

In 2012, a group of female Beit Shemesh residents wrote to the municipality and requested that the signs be taken down since they contravened anti-discrimination laws and were not authorized by the city administration, a requirement for permanent signs.

According to Nili Philipp, one of the women who was party to the eventual law suit, the Beit Shemesh Municipality made “half-hearted” efforts to have some signs taken down, but once they were replaced shortly thereafter did nothing to have them taken down again.

Following the municipality’s failure to take the signs down, the four women, all of them modern-Orthodox, filed a law suit in the Beit Shemesh Magistrate’s court in 2013 with the help of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, demanding that the signs be removed.

Philipp said that it was repeated harassment and attacks by haredi extremists, often youth, against women passing by the areas in question that led to the decision to take the issue to court.

In Sunday’s ruling, the court said that the Beit Shemesh Municipality was guilty of severe negligence for not acting to remove the offending signs.

Judge David Gideoni ruled that the municipality’s refusal to remove the signs severely harmed the rights of women in the city, and that the municipality should compensate each of the plaintiffs NIS 15,000 for the distress that had been caused to them by this failure.
More at the link, and here's an extra article. It's bad enough we have Islamofascism around the corner in this country. We can't have this kind of fifth column extremism making things worse and taking away attention from the more pressing issues at hand. The city hall must be made to comply fully with the instructions.

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