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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 01:32 AM
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Clinton concerned over Israeli democracy (Ynet News),7340,L-4156562,00.html

US secretary of state voices deep concern over wave of anti-democratic legislation, particularly bill targeting leftist organizations; criticizes exclusion of women from public life in Israel. Statements draw criticism by Israeli ministers

Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 12.04.11, 08:29 / Israel News

WASHINGTON US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced deep concern on Saturday over a wave of anti-democratic legislation in Israel and in particular a bill proposing to limit donations to human rights organizations. Clinton also criticized the growing exclusion of women from Israel's public life.

In a closed session at the Saban Forum attended both by Israeli and American decision-makers Clinton addressed the issue of discrimination against Israeli women. She expressed concern for Israel's social climate in the wake of limitations on female public singing and gender segregation on public transport.


Clinton, a longtime advocate for women's rights, noted she was shocked at the fact that some Jerusalem buses have assigned separate seating areas for women. "It's reminiscent of Rosa Parks," she said, referring to the black American woman who refused to give up her seat to white passengers in the 1950s. Referring to the decision of some IDF soldiers to leave an event where female soldiers were singing, she said it reminded her of the situation in Iran.


This year's Saban Forum has been focusing mainly on issues related to Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Some members of the forum said that Clinton's statements about Israel stemmed from genuine fear for the country's future.

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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:06 AM
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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:49 AM
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2. AFP: Clinton Criticism Sparks Israeli Anger
Israeli ministers reacted angrily on Sunday after local media quoted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying she feared for the future of Israels democracy and the rights of women in the Jewish state.

Clintons remarks, reportedly made Saturday behind closed doors at the Saban Forum in Washington, made headlines in most Israeli newspapers, which reported them without explaining how they obtained the comments.

Top-selling Yediot Aharonot said Clinton had expressed concern about a slew of anti-democratic bills proposed by right-wing members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government.

And the newspaper said Clinton had described shock at hearing that some buses in Jerusalem were gender segregated and some religious Israeli soldiers refused to attend events where women would sing.

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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:39 PM
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3. 'Clinton unfamiliar with Jewish modesty'
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar responds to US secretary of state's criticism against exclusion of women in Israel, says 'the Jewish people respect their women and treat them like queens',7340,L-4157423,00.html


"Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar responded Monday to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's harsh criticism against the exclusion of women in Israel.

"She has no real knowledge of a Jewish woman's modesty," he said. "The Jewish people respect women and treat them like queens and princesses."

According to the rabbi, had Clinton learned from "the right people, scholars, she would see that the Jewish people respect their women."

Speaking in an interview to Kol Barama Radio, the rabbi added that the respect is demonstrated in modest clothes and a head cover for married women."
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