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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Eight year-old Naama Margolis Is A Threat to Ultra-Orthodox Men in Beit Shemesh As She Immodestly Walks to School

The link below will bring you to a sub-titled report from Israel's Channel 2 News and a report they aired last week about the ultra-Orthodox community of Beit Shemesh and an eight -year-old girl who is taunted and spit on because of her "immodest dress."

8 year-old Naama Margolis is spit on and called
"slut" because of her immodest dress.
Religious intolerance is as equal a threat to freedom as state intolerance is, and freedom-loving people need to be aware of threats to freedom, however insidious -- and faraway they may be.

I have often written about the persecution of women and girls in ultra-conservative Islamist societies. This is the first extensive video report I have seen of ultra-Orthodox Jewish persecution of women and girls although I was aware of it. There is a great deal of difference between cultural norms and traditions that are accepted by all who participate and the purposeful coercion of people to live as the intolerant majority would have them live.

The video is long, and the subtitles sometimes get out of synch, but it is compelling and important for citizens of a country that is embroiled in the political and theological struggles of a region half a world away.

Click to watch: 972 Mag translation of Israel Channel 2 report on eight year-old Naama Margolis and the ultra-Orthodox community of Beit Shemesh.

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