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Thursday, September 06, 2018 

As expected, Haredi Knesset parties still won't allow women to run on their lists

The United Torah Judaism party's indicated their supposed willingness to respect the court requests for modifying their charter is symbolic only:
Ultra-Orthodox party Agudath Israel has notified the High Court of Justice that it will remove a clause in the party regulations that forbids women from running for office on the party platform.

However, the party — which along with the Degel Hatorah party forms United Torah Judaism in the Knesset, and sits in the governing coalition — also stressed that the move was wholly symbolic, and that women would still effectively be barred.

The court told party representatives in early August that they must resolve a discriminatory clause which states that only men may be on the slate for elected public office.

And while the party on Monday agreed to remove the reference to men, it also noted that decisions on candidates continue to be under the purview of the Council of Torah Sages, UTJ’s policy-making council or rabbis.

“As the position of the Council of Torah Sages has not changed, and any candidates for membership in the party must vow to follow the decisions of the Council of Torah Sages, the change in the regulations will not bring about any actual change in acceptance to the party,” it said in a statement.
I think there's grounds here for taking the council to court, and filing a motion against their conduct. That could also serve as a challenging approach that could have some important effects. These councils of knee-jerk gurus are not doing any good.

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