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Netanyahu about-faces on gay surrogacy rights

Netanyahu about-faces on gay surrogacy rights

The surrogacy bill, enacted by a vote of 59 to 52, expands eligibility for state-supported surrogacy to include single women but excludes single men and gay couples. Until now the right has only been extended to married, heterosexual couples.


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US State Department warns tourists against “immodest dress”

US State Department warns tourists against “immodest dress”

Updated travel guidelines from the US State Department reflect growing concern about violence against women for their dress.

What was Eli Yishai thinking?

What was Eli Yishai thinking?

Eli Yishai's recent comparison of the Six Day War and the Second Lebanon War were not only offensive, they were just plain incorrect.

Hiddush Poll: 43% of the Israeli Jewish public support Lapid’s entry into political life

Hiddush Poll: 43% of the Israeli Jewish public support Lapid’s entry into political life

34% of the respondents said they are very likely or somewhat likely to vote for a new party that will advance religious freedom and the equal shouldering of civic responsibilities. Hiddush president, Rabbi Uri Regev: “There is great eagerness among Israelis for a new political leader that will focus on religious freedom and equality”.

Attempt to allow voluntary segregation of buses fails

Attempt to allow voluntary segregation of buses fails

A bus was delayed half an hour after a woman refused to give in to ultra-Orthodox demans to sit in the back. CEO of Hiddush, Rabbi Uri Regev says: Ultra-Orthodox zealots enforce bus segregation with violence

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

The ADL reached out to Chief Rabbis Amar and Metzger, asking them to condemn violent acts from their ultra-Orthodox constituents toward Christian clergy

Human Rights Day in Israel

Human Rights Day in Israel

As we reflect on Human Rights Day, we are reminded of the dire need of Israel to acknowledge its failure in ensuring those promised in both the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of Independence of Israel itself.

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg suggests several ideas as to “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”, including showing respect for diverse Jewish expression and ending ultra-Orthodox discrimination

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Suggested appointments for the Committee for Rabbinical Judges would leave the committee without female members, exacerbating and intensifying the already gender-discriminatory rabbinic court system

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar’s “victory for the Jewish People” is not in keeping with the pluralistic reality of the Jewish community in the United States from whom they have requested support.

91% of Jewish religious population: Gender segregation is distortion of Judaism.

91% of Jewish religious population: Gender segregation is distortion of Judaism.

According to a survey by the Smith Institute for Hiddush, 89% of the Jewish public in Israel sees recent controversies over gender segregation in the streets of Mea Shearim and on bus lines as a distortion of Judaism (42%) or extremely unnecessary (47%).

U.S. State Department reports limitations on religious freedom despite opposition from most citizens

U.S. State Department reports limitations on religious freedom despite opposition from most citizens

The U.S. State Department 2010 Report on International Religious Freedom sites increasing tension in Israeli society between secular and ultra-Orthodox citizens on issues such as housing allocations, military service exemptions and allocations for religious institutions of study. The report also lists a series of cases of violence against women in terms of extreme demands for modest dress and gender separation.

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev remarks “The reality which denies the basic human right of marriage to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens is intolerable.”

Signs in Mea She’arim: “No Entry for Men in Uniform.”

Signs in Mea She’arim: “No Entry for Men in Uniform.”

Ultra-Orthodox wall ads blatantly express their distaste for soldiers. On Haredi site “Kikar Shabbat,” new ads are dubbed “new low for Mea She’arim.”

Hiddush Shows two-thirds of Israelis Support Civil Marriage

Hiddush Shows two-thirds of Israelis Support Civil Marriage

Researchers Drs. Guy Ben-Porat and Yariv Feniger posit that because there is a gap between support for civil marriage and personal interest in having a civil marriage, major political parties do not promote the issue. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Regev: “Leading up to elections, people need to demand that the political party leaders commit themselves to…carry out a civil revolution, including freedom of choice in marriage”

Most who will receive housing subsidies are ultra-Orthodox

Most who will receive housing subsidies are ultra-Orthodox

More than half of housing subsidies will defacto be given to ultra-Orthodox residents, who make up less than 10% of the general population in Israel. Housing Minister Ariel Atias continues to design biased systems instead of fair ones.

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