Israel City of Ashdod Bomb Shelters Ordered To Allow Women

Must Remove 'Men-Only' Signs After Complaints

Women and men mix in a Tel Aviv bomb shelter. A more conservative city of Ashdod was ordered to stop segregating shelters by gender.
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Women and men mix in a Tel Aviv bomb shelter. A more conservative city of Ashdod was ordered to stop segregating shelters by gender.

By JTA

Published July 17, 2014.
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Several bomb shelters in Ashdod were ordered to remove signs indicating they are for men only.

In response to a complaint lodged by Knesset member Stav Shaffir, the Rabbinical Courts Administration ordered the removal of the signs, the Times of Israel reported.

“The thought that women who sought a secure refuge from rocket fire and encountered a closed door just because they were women is unthinkable,” Shaffir said in a news release issued Thursday.

In her complaint to Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber, Shaffir demanded they ensure that gender segregation not be practiced with regard to bomb shelters or secure rooms anywhere in Israel.

The Times of Israel said Hebrew media outlets were reporting that the Rabbinical Courts Administration blamed the signs on “the private actions of an employee without the knowledge of the management,” and said it would take disciplinary steps against those involved.

“In practice, gender segregation was not implemented, nor will it be implemented when [it comes to] entering bomb shelters,” the administration said.


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