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Prime Ribs: Israel Edition

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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With all of the news out of Beit Shemesh, here are some “Prime Ribs” you may have missed:

In Jerusalem and Ramat Gan Sunday, women and men boarded buses to protest gender segregation on public transportation, and the exclusion of women from public spaces throughout Israel.


Settler “It Girl” and Israel Hayom columnist Emily Amrusi appeared on Israeli TV playing down the exclusion of women, saying that it is merely “separation” between men and women, and that the secular media has no right to tell religious women how to live.


Satirist Itamar Rose released a video showing how easily some Israeli women agreed to be hidden from view while singing Hanukkah songs for a (fake) filmed greeting to soldiers.


Netanya resident Suzy Ayad is suing a Jewish burial society for excluding her from a friend’s funeral. Ayad is claiming she was humiliated by having been made to stand behind a mechitza.


Rescue and evacuation organization ZAKA has launched a course on home safety, accident prevention and post-accident care for Arab women. Orthodox male ZAKA volunteer personnel taught Arab women the 4-hour course in Kafr Kasim, and the organization hopes to expand the program to 12 other Arab towns.


Egyptian-American Jerusalem Report columnist Mona Eltahawy recounted in the Guardian her recent beating and sexual assault at the hands of Egyptian security forces.


A record five women graduated from the latest IDF’s pilot’s course.


The National profiled a group of six female Palestinian racecar drivers, including 21-year-old Noor Daoud, who earlier this month won the women’s division of Israel’s first legal car race.


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