A planned ‘Kumzitz Hisorarus” for bnei yeshiva in Haifa is the next event targeted by women’s rights activists after Afula City Hall prohibited separate seating at a planned concert by Moti Steinmetz, causing him to pull out and cancel the event.
The women have already taken the first step, sending a message to Haifa City Hall that it will turn to a court against the planned event by Mordechai Ben David, for men only. Along with MBD, Moti Steinmetz is scheduled to perform, the same singer who was targeted by the women’s rights activists regarding the above-mentioned concert in Afula.
The Haifa event differs from Afula, which was separate seating but for men and women, as the Haifa event is for men only.
The concert will take place at Haifa’s International Convention Center, which is owned by the municipality, and is being supported by the city.
The women sent a letter to Haifa Mayor Einat Kalish-Rotem via attorney Yamit Klein, explaining that the planned event is once again segregating against women and therefore, prohibited. They insist such an event compromises Basic Laws that deal with honor and respect that every citizen is entitled to.
While the mayor has not released a statement at the time of this report, Deputy Mayor (Yahadut Hatorah) is quoted by Kikar Shabbos News stating “The Haifa Municipality meets all criteria of the law permitting the existence of dedicate performances with a dedicated exclusion. The municipality will continue to provide service and response to all sectors in the city, including a cultural activity appropriate for the chareidim.
Recently, MBD made headlines when he walked off a stage after repeated warnings to a man in the audience to stop smoking fell on deaf ears.
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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)