I understand too well the ex-judge who attacked a former beauty queen and women’s rights advocate for wearing an Orthodox head covering but a ‘sexy’ outfit as co-presenter of the spectacle in honor of the 71st Israel’s Independence Day ceremony for being a hypocrite.
I looked up the YouTube clip of the evening but before finding it, I knew already what had disturbed him. And looking at parts of the clip, I was right.
There were men with kippot (traditional head covering for Jewish men) looking at and listening to women dancing and singing — something Jewish law frowns upon. This contrast didn’t disturb him.
There was a singer who didn’t only have a full beard and mustache, but also long hair. This contrast didn’t disturb him.
There were blind women in elegant dresses singing. This contrast didn’t disturb him.
He got disturbed by the following:
1. If looking at a woman gives you sexual feelings or even if you see that she is attractive, that woman is wrongly dressed. She’s unfair competition with men who cannot flaunt these ‘attractive’ looks. Before she’s to be taken seriously, she should look totally uninteresting if not ugly.
This is an important aspect of sexism.
Also the opposite is part of hatred for women. If a woman doesn’t look ‘hot’ (in the eyes of such a sexist) she’s not worth listening to. This way women can never win.
The same we find in anti-Semitism: Jews are all rich, next to, they are the worthless masses; they are immoral, next to, they make us sick with their moral demands; they are our cunning oppressors, next to, they are primitive people who live in the past; etc.
By the way, Jewish Law doesn’t demand that a woman hide her beauty. There are certain dress codes how her public dress should be restrained but hiding that she is a woman and even a beautiful woman is not part of that. The rabbis don’t advocate burkas.
2. Nothing against the religious but these primitives give us a bad name and should stay in their own neighborhoods.
Her head covering stood out in this almost totally secular spectacle. This riles people who hate the religious. What was she doing is his show?
3. Mizrahic Jews are equal but should not press their un-Western attitudes upon the general public. Ashkenazic Jews built this country and the rest should show their gratefulness but be subservient.
Of course, if we really want to know who built this country then it’s largely Gentile Arab workers.
And let’s not open up the subject of how racist Mizrachic Jews were received here. They had to live in tent camps “because there was not enough to absorb them properly” while the Jews from Europe got decent housing.
There is still so much unchallenged racism, especially among the intelligentsia who know how to hide it behind polite words and who never worked shoulder-to-shoulder with non-Western Jews.
4. What was she standing there, smiling, warm and strong?
Women have always been the Jews’ strongest section. Because of the women, we left Egypt (slavery and became a People) the rabbis teach us. Still, many Jewish men are scared of strong women and hide that by being nasty. And especially if she’s not White, she should know her place and make coffee. Then she can smile.
In conclusion, this attack is a good example of how elitism, racism and sexism are friends of each other. I’m very proud to be of the same People as this presenter with her modesty, her intelligence, her warmth and her beauty. All women in Israel should wear this attack as a batch of honor. Despite all this oppression, they are the state’s greatest asset.