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Monday, June 01, 2015 

Daughter of late Shas guru wonders if Haredi women will end up wearing veils

With the way they're going, it's reasonable to wonder if that could happen. Here's one argument where Adina Bar-Shalom makes some sense:
The daughter of the late spiritual leader of the Shas party spoke out Friday against the exclusion of women from Haredi public life and condemned the practice of blurring women’s faces in ultra-Orthodox publications.

Speaking at a panel discussion on Judaism, Zionism and Israel at the Yitzahak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel Prize winner Adina Bar Shalom said she was “greatly ashamed” that the Shas publication “Day to Day” ran a photograph of the newly elected government with the faces of female ministers blurred out.

“I fear that if this continues, we will have to veil our faces,”
Bar Shalom told participants.

Bar Shalom recounted how her late father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, reacted with shock and anger after seeing a family photo published with the faces of his wife and mother blurred out.

“What nerve — neither of them are alive anymore, what is this supposed to be?” she recalled Yosef as saying.

“Ultimately, they’ll all be in veils,” her father went on to tell her.

Bar Shalom warned that the trend of “disappearing” women from the public face of the ultra-Orthodox world could have worrying consequences for the future.
It most certainly could, but the cowardice that reins supreme in their leadership will do nothing to prevent it. I think this is why there needs to be laws already banning veils in public here, not just because of the harm it does to women, especially among Muslims, but also because it can be exploited by criminals as a disguise.

And no matter what Yosef's stances were, his colleagues in the Haredi world never had any respect for him. If they demand wearing veils like Islamic regimes do, they'll really be telling what they think of him.

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