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Latest update : 2011-12-30

Gender segregation in the Holy City

Images of women are the latest source of tension in Jerusalem between certain members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish community and more liberal residents. The extremists want to see the city's walls stripped of any posters or advertisements depicting women. Some advertising agencies have agreed, in order to avoid incurring costs from the degradation of their billboards. Others are choosing to fight back and encourage women to take back the streets of the Holy City.

By Gallagher Fenwick

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