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Are Women Being Left Behind in Israel Protests?

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Courtesy of Rafimich
Israel Protest Leader Daphne Leef

At the start of the summer, Israel’s social protest movement looked like it would represent a real turning point for women in the public sphere.

The face of the movement was indisputably female. The story began when a young filmmaker, 25-year-old Daphne Leef, pitched a tent in downtown Tel Aviv to protest the lack of affordable housing. The movement she kicked off lasted all summer and culminated in a massive countrywide march that drew 450,000 protesters demanding that the government take steps to ease the cost of living in Israel.

But over the course of the summer, it has seemed to some Israeli feminists that the women are being left behind.

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