Some residents of Ashdod are less than pleased with the city’s mehadrin beach, which provides for separate swimming and a mechitza between men and women them and around them to prevent outsiders to view the swimmers. They feel the mehadrin beach it taking too much space at the expense of the majority of city residents.
It appears that the actual separate swimming beach is less of an issue than the ‘buffer zone’ created between the mehadrin and regular beaches, the area that is closed to all bathers but it provides sufficient distance between the secular and frum simmers to ensure the privacy on the mehadrin side.
Some residents are quoted as calling the move “religious coercion” and they may take their case to court, unwilling to accept a smaller beach at the expense of permitting the frum bathers to have their separate swimming.
When asked to comment on the report, Ashdod City Hall is quoted as saying the mehadrin beach was expanded by 80 meters on its southern side due to the dangerous terrain and strong current on the northern side, Ynet reports.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)