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Friday, June 05, 2015 

Makor Chaim Yeshiva gives leftists ammunition by balking at girls singing on Unity Day

They didn't want girls to sing at a yeshiva gathering that was meant to commemorate Unity Day, which logically applies to both sexes:
The Makor Chaim Yeshiva high school in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion requested that no girls be allowed to sing at the Unity Day event that took place at the Dror high school in the Lev Hasharon region on Wednesday night.

The yeshiva also asked that the dialogue circles taking place between the students be separated by gender.

The ceremonies marked the end of Unity Day, a day to commemorate the abduction and murder by Hamas terrorist of three yeshiva high school pupils, Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, a year ago and to celebrate the unity that was felt among Israelis during the month of searching for the teenagers.

After hearing that the suggestion to include the Dror school singing group in the performance by rock/pop star Arkadi Duchin at the event was rebuffed by the yeshiva, which refused to allow girls to sing in front of their male pupils, parents of students at the state secular Dror school turned to MK Merav Michaeli and MK Stav Shaffir, both from the Zionist Union, who in turn called on Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) to intervene in the situation.

“How can we celebrate a day of unity while degrading and humiliating half the population?” Michaeli asked in a letter sent to Bennett on Tuesday.

Michaeli went on to remind Bennett that the Supreme Court has banned the exclusion of women from the public sphere.

“If the issue is of hurt feelings, the feelings of the girls who sing and women in general are hurt no less than the religious feelings of men,” Michaeli explained. “In this case, we are talking about young boys and girls and a school that cannot possibly teach discrimination and exclusion of women.”
I'd like to know why the yeshiva would do something that happens to be offensive to the memory of the 3 murdered students. There's women who could easily fall victim to terrorism too, and if they were saying that girls could not sing in the memory of victims, that's extremely offensive.

Just as troubling is why they're giving left wing politicians ammunition to use against them. They're going to have to start addressing the issue, and apologizing for undermining women's status, biblical Miriam's included.

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