HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
 
HA’ARETZ
1. HARSH CONFRONTATIONS IN BEIT SHEMESH; THOUSANDS TO PROTEST THIS EVENING IN CITY AGAINST RELIGIOUS RADICALIZATION
Police on high alert ahead of event to protest exclusion of women. Yesterday: Police brought six ultra-Orthodox rioters in for questioning.
 
2. IDF against Netanyahu’s directive.
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL: DON’T TRY RIGHT-WING RIOTERS IN MILITARY COURTS
 
MA’ARIV
1. TODAY: THOUSANDS TO PROTEST AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
Hundreds of undercover police and border police to guard event scheduled to take place this evening outside ‘Orot Banot’ school. Radical ultra-Orthodox: If protesters arrive in our neighborhood, the results will be harsh.
 
2. SHOTS AT IDF FORCE AND A KASSAM ROCKET IN THE SOUTH
Exchange of gunfire between smugglers and Egyptian police raised alert.
 
3. JEWISH HERITAGE SITE – IN SILWAN
Concern that plan, advocated by Elad non-profit association and Jerusalem Municipality will ignite clashes in city.
 
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. This evening in Beit Shemesh: Protest against exclusion of women.
BATTLE OVER SEPARATION
„We will not remain silent, we will not live in fear” – Thousands will call out in the city in which radical ultra-Orthodox men spat at girls and women. [United Torah Judaism] MK Gafni to Netanyahu: Our pact with the Likud is likely to end soon.
 
YISRAEL HAYOM
1. Thousands expected to participate in today’s protest against exclusion of women
THE BEIT SHEMESH TEST
Plainclothes detectives will try to prevent radical ultra-Orthodox from approaching protesters.
 
2. HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT: UNEMPLOYMENT – ONLY 5%
Number of unemployed: About 155,000. Forecast of BOI Governor [Stanley] Fischer for 2012: It will be harder.
 
WALLA!
1. SENIOR BEIT SHEMESH OFFICIAL: NETANYAHU SOLD OUT OUR CITY TO THE ULTRA-ORTHODOX
City’s education portfolio appointee warns that the protest this evening against harassment of women is the last chance to save Beit Shemesh from the radical ultra-Orthodox.
 
2. IDF PREPARING FOR EVACUATION OF RAMAT GILAD: „NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW”
 
NANA10
1. THOUSANDS TOL DEMONSTRATE IN BEIT SHEMESH AGAINST EXCLUSION OF WOMEN „ACT WITH IRON FIST AGAINST THOSE WHO VIOLATE PUBLIC ORDER.”
 
2. HANIYEH LEAVES GAZA FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2007: „LINKING UP WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FRIGHTENS ISRAEL.”
 
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:35.]
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SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
 
All three papers discuss various issues related to the ongoing controversy over discrimination against – and the exclusion of – women in the public sphere, as instigated by certain extreme ultra-orthodox elements:
 
Yediot Ahronot contends that, „The ‘extremists’ in the ultra-orthodox camp are only the vanguard. The history of the State of Israel teaches that the ultra-orthodox community always lines up behind those who are more stringent. Today’s ‘excess’ becomes tomorrow’s norm which cannot be compromised and which the secular must accept.” The author calls for existing laws to be strictly enforced and adds that, „The time has come to stop looking away.”
 
Ma’ariv dismisses the value of demonstrations, such as that being planned for later today in Beit Shemesh, as long as the political establishment remains the way it is, and reminds its readers that, „To every government that has been established in recent decades there was a national and Zionist alternative. But those who have been charged with establishing coalitions have usually preferred narrow, short-term interests over national, long-term interests.” Thus, the author says that, „There is no reason for demonstrations against the ultra-orthodox. Demonstrations will not make any impression on the ultra-orthodox even if one million women participate because their stems from their control of the coalition.” The paper believes that, „In order to effect change, it is necessary to change the electoral system,” and calls for, „a system that cancels the dependence on pressure groups in order to govern.”
 
Yisrael Hayom complains that the ultra-orthodox are a popular target in the secular media. The author asserts that, „Everyday, over 170 complaints are filed in Israel for murder, severe violence, drugs, robbery, extortion, threats and ‘harassment of women’,” and adds that, „But one rude ultra-orthodox man gets the main headlines.”
 
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