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Israeli education body approves gender segregation at university

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Published: 27 November 2018

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Controversial move by Council for Higher Education perceived as way of attracting more ultra-Orthodox Jews into universities

Council for higher education now allows gender segregation on campuses (Haaretz)
The council, headed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Habayit Hayehudi party, did not elaborate on how to ensure that this segregation was voluntary. If experience is any guide, at one institution a “waiting room” allows men to avoid seeing women in the library.

Israeli education council paves way for more gender segregation in universities (Middle East Eye)
The controversial move is perceived as catering to the country's growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish community

Ultra-Orthodox threaten to boycott Israeli airline El Al over Shabbat incident (Haaretz)
Controversy emerged over an El Al flight that diverted to allow religious passengers to disembark and avoid violating the Shabbat; Rabbi behind boycott threat demands formal apology and clarification of the events by Sunday night

Photo: An all-male classroom at the Orthodox Jerusalem College, 2013 (Emil Salman)

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