Women’s rights organizations to IDF Chief of Staff: Gender segregation is illegal

After expressing their protest against the expected changes within the joint service command, women’s rights organizations contacted the IDF Chief of Staff and the Israeli Defense Minister in order to demand the annulment of the expected changes, which they claim would harm the female soldiers. “Discrimination based on gender is a violation of the principle of equality and is against Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty,” the letter read.
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Following their harsh criticism, Israeli women’s rights organizations decided to take their struggle against the emerging changes within the joint service command one step further. In a letter sent today (Wednesday) to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, the organizations request that the leaders reconsider the change in command and also appealed to meet with Eizenkot in order to promote the issue.

“Segregation based on gender is a violation of the principle of equality and is against the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty,” wrote the coalition of organizations against the exclusion of women in IDF combat positions, including the Reform Center for Religion and State, the Israel Women’s Network, WIZO, NA’AMAT, Israel Hofsheet and Geava Kahol Lavan. “It should be noted that the within present command, provisions exist that doubtfully meet the fixed limitation clause within the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, which prohibits the disproportionate violation of the principle of freedom.”

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