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Women to appoint rabbinic judges in Israel

    Member of Knesset Zahava Galon
    Member of Knesset Zahava Galon

    The Israeli government has passed a bill obliging the committee that appoints rabbinical judges to reserve four spots for women.

    The legislation was approved today at the end of a long Knesset meeting which began on Monday night.

    The committee will be expanded to 11 members - until now it has been ten - and will include at least four women, a minister, a Knesset member, a representative of the Bar Association and a rabbinical advocate appointed by the justice minister.

    Member of Knesset from Meretz, Zahava Gal-On said: “The new law mends the twisted reality in which men are the only ones deciding on issues that mainly influence the lives of women."

    During the meeting several strictly-Orthodox members expressed strong opposition to the proposal.

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