Monday, June 26, 2017
The War on Women in Israel: How Religious Radicalism Is Smothering the Voice of a Nation by Elana Maryles Sztokman
This book is not only about Israel, although on the surface it may seem that way. It is about misogynistic religious radicalism. This religious extremism is found not only in Judaism, and Islam, but also in Christianity and it is threatening women in the USA. Sexism carried out in the name of God is wrong no matter which God one is carrying it out in. This book exposes some serious issues that Israel has faced from women being stoned and hit and yelled at and spit at by men for sitting in a seat in the front of a bus, walking on the "men's side" of the street, how they dress and where they pray. Women in Israel are discriminated against in a huge variety of ways that I was not aware of and it is sad. In some ways, these issues are beginning to change for the better, but it still has a long way to go, both in Israel and in the rest of the world. Far too many people are using the name of religion to persecute women. Sadly, this war on women is increasing in the USA and we need to speak out against it.