Israel - Residents And Civic Leaders Go To Great Lengths To Shut Down Ultra-Orthodox Womens Gym In Bnei Brak
Israel - Local residents along with civic and religious leaders are going to great lengths to shut down a newly opened gym exclusively for ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Bnei Brak, including the use of children who are engaging in acts of vandalism and harassment against its members.
YNETNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1LRcluH) reports that the gym was opened by the husband and wife team Sara and Yehuda Ganot, who, as veteran gym owners, thought it would be a good idea to have separate spaces for men and women, but the couple says that since they rented the new studio several months back they have been met with “systematic harassment.”
Sara Ganot believes the hostility stems from a widespread perception that the gym is immodest and that its existence increases the number of women on the streets of the conservative religious Bnei Brak.
“The neighbors began this violent saga against women in the (ultra-Orthodox) sector,” Ganot said. “Children throw stones, they print posters and distribute them to every woman who comes to register and train. The posters say that it is forbidden to work out at our gym. A rabbi who lives on the street says he is not prepared to accept a gym on the street because it will bring more women outside.”
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