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Religious Zionist rabbis are calling on their followers not to enlist in mixed-gender combat units after the the Israeli Defense Forces announced an initiative to bring more women into combat roles.
Thea Glassman has flagged an (inactive?) Instagram account, and noted, with regret, that no male equivalent (well, not on Instagram) exists. If so, it could be that for whichever reasons, societal ideals for male beauty skew a bit older:
With Brigadier General Ofek Buchris, an IDF officer convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault, set to receive a generous plea deal, many Israeli army veterans have taken to Facebook to protest. The most popular expression of protest entails individuals (men and women both) recounting minor infractions they engaged in while enlisted, such as unkempt hair, tardiness; a lost beret; a lost document; or talking back, followed by the relatively minor punishments they received (a fine, a suspended sentence, two days detention). The posts end with the hashtag “more than Buchris” (i.e., my punishment for a trivial offense was more severe than what Buchris is receiving).
Some things are beyond me. I can understand a woman going to a sperm bank so she can have a child, and requesting a smart donor. That makes sense. I can even kind of understand a woman who, in contemporary Israel, chooses to have a blond and blue-eyed donor — assuming her wish stems from an awareness of the racism within Israeli society and a desire for her future child to have an easier life.
You would think that spending two years as a field commander would be enough time in the Israeli military. But after returning to civilian life as a lawyer, Rachel Tevet-Vizel found that there was something missing. “In Israel, it is not enough to be a lawyer,” she says now. “To contribute to this country, you have to be a lawyer and something else.” Today Tevet-Vizel goes by the title of Brigadier-General, and is one of the four highest-ranking women in the Israeli Defense Forces. Serving as the army’s chief gender advisor, she oversees all matters of gender and women’s issues for the soldiers who serve in the IDF.