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The demand of ultra-Orthodox circles to allow bathing separately in nature reserves is a blatant takeover of public space • This troll must not be agreed to

Three months ago, Deputy Attorney General Dr. Gil Limon took his place, replacing Dina Zilber.

Many praised the move - less because of Mordechai's love, more because of Haman's hatred - because Zilber managed, during her years in office, to annoy a great many people, including me.

I sided with her in only one decision she made during all her years in office: her response to the B'Tselem organization regarding gender segregation in the springs. B'Tselem is, by definition, an organization that works "for the protection of human rights, for the cessation of injustices perpetrated against human beings in general and Jews in particular." While Zilber served as deputy ombudsman, the organization asked to allocate gender-segregated hours and days in waterways, nature reserves and national parks. Zilber rolled them down all the steps.

Seemingly, this is a logical request.

The religious public, which maintains modesty, has the same rights as any other public and any other sector in the country.

But the very demand boils me down for so many reasons.

First, I do not believe in "B'Tselem" that he works for human rights in general, and not even for Jewish human rights, but only the religious-ultra-Orthodox one.

After all, the organization has never opposed ultra-Orthodox men taking over springs that are not in nature reserves and de facto excluding women from them.

How many times have I come across naked men who brazenly explained to me that "now men are immersed here" and that women should stay away?

There are no rights here, certainly no modesty, just a blatant takeover of public space under the umbrella of an extremist and distorted faction of Judaism.

This is not my religion.

After all, under this pretext of modesty, some municipalities refrain from inviting singers to sing at ceremonies and events. Dancers have not been invited to perform for a long time, certainly not in the public space, and certainly not in dance clothes, lest it hurt the feelings of someone in the audience, etc., etc. The fact that an entire gender is segregated because of its gender by a handful of extremists is not "preserving civil rights," is just the opposite. Remember how in 2008, at the inauguration of the String Bridge at the entrance to the capital, a group of dancers from the band "Mehola" prepared to perform, but under pressure from the ultra-Orthodox they were covered from head to toe before performing, so they were even forced to wear black hats? that's what I'm talking about.

Second, the public is excluded from so many water sources in the country, whether they are kibbutzim blocking access to springs and beaches in their territory, or IDF-controlled beaches, especially RTG itself, which decides when it is open and especially when it is closed, where it is allowed and where it is forbidden to bathe. And the height of entry into the natural resources of us all.

If after all these hurdles we reach a spring in a nature reserve and find that right now there is a separate swimming place, it will boil and be very sad.

It will keep us away from our nature and the extreme public that has prevented us from accessing it.

Our rights will be trampled on again.

I'm in favor of consideration.

I really have no intention of grieving, and I make sure to dress and educate my children to dress in a way that does not offend others.

Until it hurts me or them or the general public.

Because the rights of minorities also need to be limited.

This troll must not pass.

Source: israelhayom

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