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Jerusalem - Mayor's Choice of Woman Deputy Could Clash with Orthodox Coalition

Published on: June 23, 2011 12:53 PM
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Jerusalem - Mayor Nir Barkat is facing a crisis with his Haredi (ultra-Orthodox ) coalition partners because he wants to appoint a female deputy mayor from the secular camp.

Over the last few days, the threats and counter-threats being hurled by both sides have been escalating. According to city council members, Barkat said he would fire any existing deputy mayor who votes against the appointment. The Haredim, for their part, have threatened to dismantle the municipal coalition.

At the heart of the storm is Rachel Azaria, a representative of the Wake Up Jerusalem movement, which comprises both secular and religious activists.

To make the situation even more absurd, she herself is a religious, Sabbath-observant Jew. But sources in the municipality said this fact has actually exacerbated Haredi anger.

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 Jun 23, 2011 at 01:52 PM Anonymous Says:

only in israel where so many are unemployed do people have time to fight over what isnt important
if unzere askonim would put as much effort into finding people jobs and educate and prepare parents to enter the work place everyone would come out ahead and winners


 Jun 23, 2011 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

What could the chareidim be possibly upset about. There are many women MKs and one of EY's greatest Prime Ministers was a woman. And this woman is apparently observant. So, tell me, what possible issue could they have??


 Jun 23, 2011 at 03:10 PM DavidMoshe Says:

What's the objection? If Deborah, who got a pretty nice write-up in the Book of Judges, were still around, would she be qualified for Deputy Mayor?


 Jun 23, 2011 at 03:11 PM shredready Says:

what is the big deal when there is apicture of her just photo shop her out.

These shows that is has nothing to do with modesty and everything to do with woman in power


 Jun 23, 2011 at 03:52 PM PMOinFL Says:

More sinas chinam and more chillul H". Just when you think the crazies can't possibly get any crazier, they find a way to meet the challenge. Shameful.

Can we get a listing of which rabbonim from which yeshivos signed on for this? I can add them to my "do not donate" list. Every year I have to add another 1 or 2 to the list. How sad.


 Jun 24, 2011 at 05:05 AM proud-mo-israeli Says:

it's time to turn Jerusalem with it's haredim & arabs over to the arabs & call it a day. We waited 2000 years to get Jerusalem back & look what we got.

Let's just call Tel-Aviv our capital (de facto, it is already) & let the crazies kill
themselves & argue over who can discriminate better


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