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  As peace talks between Israel and Palestine prepare to resume this week, the tensions between Jews and Muslims, Reform and Orthodox, and men and women have never been so strict. Feminism doesn’t exactly come to mind when you think about Israeli politics – other issues, like the settlement of lands in the West Bank and displacement of Palestinians, seem more pressing, both abroad and to the Knesset (Israel’s legislative branch). But within ... Read More
Barbra Streisand expressed her strong opinions on women's rights in Israel when speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. On her first visit to Israel since 1984, the prolific and talented performer accepted an honorary Ph.D from the university. When accepting her degree, she spoke about the inequality of Jewish religious practices amongst women and men. This topic was addressed in light of certain incidents where ultra-Orthodox Jewish men have attempted to ... Read More
Thousands of Ethiopian women in Israel are reporting receiving shots of Depo-Provera, a hormonal contraceptive, every three months in Israeli clinics without their knowledge or consent.  A documentary exposing this phenomenon was released this past December, prompting widespread shock and forcing the Israeli health ministry to investigate these claims.  What the documentary revealed was that women were started on these contraceptive “jabs” ... Read More
Turns out Sarah Silverman's not the only one in her family who likes to make waves-- her sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman, got arrested in Jerusalem for a protest on religious rights on Monday. In a demonstration for civil rights group Women of the Wall, Silverman and nine other women prayed in traditional men's clothes in the women's section of the Western Wall. As the last remaining section of King Solomon's Temple, the Western Wall is incredibly holy land ... Read More
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