Tensions between ultra-Orthodox Haredim and more secular Israelis have been growing over the past year. With strict codes in regards to clothing, observance of the Sabbath, and male-female interactions, this 1 million-strong segment of the population has become increasingly vocal about its displeasure with what it perceives as an insufficiently observant state. Specifically, the majority of this animosity has been focused on women. Last month controversy erupted when ultra-Orthodox men spit on an 8-year-old girl whom they deemed immodestly dressed, and women have been banned from taking the stage at several high-profile events over the past week, including a conference on women's health.
Isabel Kershner is a reporter for our partner The New York Times in Jerusalem. Idit Karni is the mother of two daughters, aged 8 and 10, in Jerusalem. She also recently led a campaign to bring women back into the public sphere in Jerusalem.
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