Jerusalem Police to Permit ‘SlutWalk’ Marchers While Blocking Religious ‘Women in Green’ (JEWISH PRESS) By: Yori Yanover 05/03/12)
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Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover of the “Women in Green” movement,
also known as “Women for the Future of Israel,” have appealed on
Thursday morning to Israel’s Supreme Court asking that the Jerusalem
Police be made to permit them to conduct their walk around the walls
of the old city of Jerusalem on the night of the 9th of Av, as they
have done for the past 18 years.
The 9th of Av is a day of mourning and fasting for religious Jews,
commemorating the destruction of two temples, as well as many other
catastrophes in Jewish history.
The appeal, submitted through the Dean of the Faculty of Law at
Shaarei Mishpat College, Dr. Aviad Hacohen, argues that the Police
announcement that it would not permit the walk for security reasons
constitutes a harsh and disproportionate assault on freedom of speech
and freedom of movement in Israel.
The appeal of the Police rejection of the 9th of Av walk came, quite
inadvertently, one day before the first Jerusalem Slutwalk, in which
some 160 skimpily clad women will be marching in the holy city to
protest sexual harassment.
The walk organizer Or Levi (22) said she had come up with the idea
after a woman on King George Street in Jerusalem called her a whore
for wearing a skimpy attire.
The original Slutwalk, in Toronto, Canada, began last year when a
police constable said publicly that fewer women would be harassed and
raped if they didn’t dress like sluts. Women’s response in several
major Western cities has been to conduct marches in which they insist
on dressing provocatively to make the point that no one has the right
to assault them, no matter what they’re wearing.
Despite the fact that in Jerusalem the insult was not uttered by a
man but rather by a woman critical of Levi’s choice of dress, she
insisted, along with other women, on responding with a walk under the
Hebrew banner “Tza’adat Ha’Sharmutot,” which actually means “Walk of
According to Nadia Matar, the Police reason for changing the 9th of
Av route which traditionally has circled the Old City wall had to do
with the fact that this year Ramadan falls on the month of Av and the
walk would therefore provoke an Arab hostile reaction.
“This is an affront to Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem,” Matar
told the Jewish Press. She was not prepared to comment on the
Slutwalk, but did mention that the attorney for the “Women in Green”
told the court his clients were being discriminated against while so
many other groups have no problem receiving permits.
She suggested the Slutwalk could be used by her attorney Friday as
yet another example of police preferential treatment.
Mattar said Attorney Hacohen told the court that if Police are
concerned about Arab reaction to his clients’ late night walk around
the city walls, they should make sure no Arabs are permitted to go
near the participants.
Mattar added that Police have prohibited the Flags Dance on Jerusalem
Day next week in Jerusalem, also for security reasons.
“It just sheds light on who the Police are and who we’re dealing
with,” Matar said. “Eighteen years ago, when we planned our first 9th
of Av walk and the police immediately refused us, we went to the High
Court with Dr. Aviad Hacohen, and now, 18 years later, we’re going
again with him, and we hope to win again.”
The Jewish Press called the Jerusalem Police spokesperson for his
comments on the apparent preferential treatment of slutty women over
the Women in Green and we were requested to submit our inquiry by
email. We did and are still waiting for their response.
Meanwhile, Police in Jerusalem has also prohibited a march that was
scheduled for next Sunday, with some 200 of the Temple Mount Faithful
who were planning to march with 20 sheep from the city’s central bus
station to the top of Temple Mount in protest of Police collaboration
with the Arab Waqf agency which controls access to the Temple Mount.
(© 2012 JewishPress. 05/03/12)
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