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    Women in Israel protest for the right to sing in public


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter YAELB submitted these photos from Tel Aviv, Israel, where she documented a civil rights and gender equality rally. The demonstration was held in protest of a recent incident where 'religious male soldiers refused to participate in a ceremony which included women singing.' A growing number of ultra-orthodox Jews believe that women should not be allowed to sing in public, as it may arouse impure thoughts.

    Attendees, many of them females, sang 'well liked classical Israeli songs.' She adds: 'We believe that the restriction not to hear women singing [diminishes us and ridicules us]. Both women and men were participating in the event, including conservative Jewish men, who apparently have different interpretation of the issue from the extremely orthodox Jews, and believe that a limit was crossed.'
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    After an incidence were religious male soldiers refused to participate in a ceremony which included women singing, and other incidences that impact women basic rights (for example: women face are absence from all street posters in Jerusalem), concern citizens were protecting by singing in public in major cities (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and more) on 11.11.11 at 11AM. Those images were taken during the protest in Tel Aviv.

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