Orthodox concert banned in Israel, minister criticises PM

Was supposed to take place in city park, men and women separated

12 August, 16:28

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, AUGUST 12 - Government tensions have arisen in Israel over the decision on Sunday by the court in Nazareth (Galilea) to ban an orthodox music concert in the public park of Afula (Galilea) by singer Moti Steinmatz, who only performs before audiences where men and women are divided.

    The city of Afula had completed preparations for 5,000 spectators under conditions set forth by Steinmatz, but the court ruled in favour of a suit brought by a feminist organisation that said Israeli law prohibits gender discrimination in public places. Steinmatz cancelled his concert.

    The debate at the court of Nazareth brought an irritated reaction from Israeli Transport Minister Bezalel Smotrich of the United Right, who accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having accepted the "weird decision".

    "He's a weak prime minister who deserves 'zero' in leadership and 'zero' in governing ability," Smotrich said.

    According to some media reports, Netanyahu is now evaluating whether to fire him.(ANSAmed).

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