|8 year-old Naama Margolis is spit on and called |
"slut" because of her immodest dress.
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.