Judge Avraham Elyakim has ruled that the scheduled concert of Motty Steinmetz and Mordechai Ben David that was scheduled to take place in Haifa for men only, must be canceled.
In his ruling Elyakim clarified: “This is not a ruling that weighs in on where the funding for the event came from in one fashion or another, there is nothing to prevent events being planned for the Chareidi community. It would be beneficial if the city of Haifa would learn the instructions set forth for such things by the Attorney General and follow in accordance therein.”
The producer of the concert spoke during an interview on Kol BaRamah radio and said: “We have spoken to Mordechai Ben David. We will fight to have this concert at any cost, even if it means losing money. The concert will now be a private event that does not have the support of the city.”
MK Uri Maklev from UTJ spoke to the press about the cancellation. “The Chareidi populace is being hunted by various political parties and groups. Today’s ruling gives legitimacy to these groups to wage their wars against us. When people say “live and let live” and in the end tyrants intervene and force the Chareidi community to act against its will time after time, it shows the hypocrisy of the system.”
In spite of ruling in their favor, Judge Elyakim berated the women’s lobby group for simply wanting press and not really representing anyone who was hurt by the fact that the concert was only for men. Instead they caused financial damage to the artists, producers and hurt to the public just to make a point.
Towards the end of the deliberation in court Judge Elyakim said: “While each segment of the population does have the right to receive public funding for events for their community, I cannot be a part of allowing public funds to support an event that would injure or harm women. Should the Chareidim want to hold a concert that causes harm to another, then they should pay for it themselves.”
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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)