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Prime Ribs, Israel — Beit Shemesh Attack

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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A 27-year-old woman was attacked last week while she was hanging posters on behalf of her employer. Natali Mashiah was in the Ramat Beit Shemesh neighborhood when she alleges that a group of Haredi men called her a “slut,” a “shiksa,” and smashed her car’s windshield and windows while she was inside of it. They also threw a rock at her head, punctured the tires and poured bleach inside the vehicle, she said. Police arrested three suspects at the scene.


The financial newspaper Globes is asking why social justice protest leader Stav Shaffir, recently profiled in the Forward, reportedly accepted VIP perks, such as accommodations at a 5-star hotel and an chauffeured Audi, while recently in Munich for a conference.


Knesset State Control Committee chairman Ronnie Bar-On is calling for broader implementation by rabbinical courts of a law that allows rabbinical judges to impose punitive sanctions on men who refuse to give their wife a Jewish divorce document, or a get.


Rabbis and communal leaders from the Masorti-Conservative movement recently led the first-ever mixed-gender prayer service held at the Knesset.


Images of women continue to be erased or blurred in advertisements and in photographs published in the religious media. The latest examples: the face of Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, the head of human resources for the IDF, was deleted from a photo of a Knesset panel appearing on the Haredi news site Lada’at; and television journalist Sivan Rahav-Meir’s face was blurred in an ad for an upcoming panel discussion in Rehovot in a newspaper aimed at a national-religious readership.


Galei Tzahal radio is paying a NIS 38,000 ($10,130) settlement to Ortal Ben Dayan, a university student who complained of sexual harassment by a professor. Irit Linor, one of the station’s program hosts, called Ortal a “whore” on the air.


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