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Thursday, January 26, 2023 

UTJ shouldn't be calling for gender segregated hours at national park springs

The Haredi UTJ party's led to another completely avoidable outrage over a bill demanding the possibility of gender segregated swimming at national park springs:
Lawmakers from the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party proposed a bill Tuesday to provide gender-segregated bathing hours at springs located in national parks, drawing outrage from opposition lawmakers, who called the move a further step towards establishing a religious state.

MK Moshe Gafni, Deputy Minister Uri Maklev, and MK Ya’akov Asher put forward the bill that aims to make at least 15 percent of the hours at springs segregated. The bill was first reported by the Israel Hayom newspaper.

Gender segregation is a hot-button topic in Israel, with religious movements saying it is needed in order to satisfy the demands of their beliefs, while opponents saying it amounts to discrimination against women. High Court rulings in the past have upheld a law that explicitly bans discrimination on the basis of gender and other criteria in public spaces.

[...] The proposed bill notes that at least 20% of the Israeli population adheres to religious beliefs that prevent them from engaging in mixed bathing and therefore are not able to use some bathing sites. It said that since nature reserves are publicly owned, the lack of segregated bathing hours amounts to state discrimination against those populations.
What's irritating besides the proposal itself is how nobody - not even leftists - question whether this is a healthy way of living, or whether it helps anybody get used to specific topics so they can manage their lives better. Worst, the interpretation of Judaism the Haredis go by is a form of segregating themselves from the rest of society, and that contradicts some Torah beliefs that you shouldn't.

And since I'd mentioned the left, what's really sad is that as of today, when they uphold LGBT propaganda, they're not providing any better alternative than the more extreme ultra-Orthodox's gender segregation beliefs.

For now, while the Likud's stated there won't be any change to the status quo of these public parks, UTJ should still cease with these galling, trivial demands of theirs that don't improve society.

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