Israel will act against anyone who harasses women in the public sphere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, one day after a massive protest against gender segregation took place in the central Israel town of Beit Shemesh.
Referring to rising tensions over gender segregation in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, Netanyahu said at the Knesset on Wednesday that Israel will act against “anyone who harasses women, anyone who harasses people in the public sphere.”
“We won’t accept spitting on people in the street just because someone doesn’t approve of their apparel,” the PM said, adding that the “public sphere is open and safe and will remain so.”
“This is part of what makes Israel a liberal western democracy, that the public sphere is open and free to everyone,” the premier said, warning, however, against an attack on the entire ultra-Orthodox community.
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