ADL Welcomes Efforts by the Government of Israel to Address Gender Segregation Issues

New York, NY, May 9, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed efforts by the Government of Israel to address gender segregation in the public sphere, including on public transportation, in government ceremonies, on public airways, by health care providers and at funerals.

On May 8, Israel’s Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, sent an advisory to government agencies to act expeditiously the end the “behavior aimed at preventing women from receiving public services with equal conditions.” Israel’s Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, also announced on her Facebook page that she had instructed the ministry to draft legislation “that will make any segregation of women and their humiliation in a public space a criminal offence.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We welcome the legal initiatives prohibiting the segregation of women in public spaces throughout Israel. This is an important development and many Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have condemned the practices of segregated buses, banning women from speaking at public events, or even delivering eulogies at the funerals of loved ones.

The announcement of concrete guidelines and the enactment of legislation will ensure further protections and equality for Israeli women and reinforce Israel’s strong record of promoting gender equality and the advancement of the status of women.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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