The American media is ready at the drop of a hat to describe religious fanatics in Muslim societies, but when it comes to Israel, any and all mention of religious fanatics escape the attention of American society. Has anyone ever heard a Republican, let alone a Democrat politician, ever rant and rave about religious abuse in the state of Israel? Religious leaders decide who can marry in Israel, they decide who is or is not a JEW!. Sorry, Reform Jews, you are not really Jews in their eyes. Religious leaders even decide who can pray at the Western Wall( in my childhood we term it the Wailing Wall). Women are forced to pray on their side of the partition while men are on the other side of the partition. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation decide how Jewish women can or cannot pray. It is clear that women are on the other side of the partition.
Some males decided to pass Torah scrolls to the women which caused a conniption to the good Rabbi. Ms. Hoffman of the Women of the Wall makes clear: “Rabbi Rabinowitz treats the motel as it it belong to him and enforces ultra Orthodox customs. It is insulting to be treated like second rate citizens oft he holiest place to the Jewish people.”
So, what was that about those crazy Muslim religious fanatics??