Members of Israel’s Second Authority for Television and Radio have received hundreds of e-mails in the last 24 hours demanding an end to practice of “silencing women.”
The e-mails, which number over 2,000, call for authority members to reevaluate the decision to allow the ultra-Orthodox radio station “Kol Barama” to reduce the number of hours female broadcasters can be heard each day from six to four.
“There is no rationale for limiting the number of hours women are allowed to broadcast,” read one of the e-mails, sent mostly from Jewish Americans. “Supporters of Israel worldwide are worrying about the welfare of Israeli society, we want to see Israel as a place of justice, equality, and democracy. Stop giving room to extremists promoting an anti-woman agenda,” continued the email.
The “New Israel Fund” seems to be behind the letter campaign, as a page was created on the fund’s website to allow for emails to be sent to the The Second Authority for Television and Radio. On the page, it is explained that the radio station, which was founded by public concession to provide a public forum for the orthodox community, has been violating Israeli law for some time, by prohibiting women from broadcasting.
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