Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Party Attempting To Place Woman On Bnei Brak City Council

Bnei Brak, Israel -- Members of the Labor party branch in Bnei Brak have decided that in the upcoming municipal elections that the number two spot on their list would be allotted to a woman. The branch has also decided to have their candidate run for mayor. The Bnei Brak city council consists of 23 men, all Charedi. Should Labor succeed in winning two extra seats in the next local elections, a woman may join them.

Yosef Dror, who is running for chairman of Bnei Brak's Labor party branch, said he is trying to rally the support needed from Orthodox residents of the secular Pardes Katz neighborhood, where Dror acts as chairman of the neighborhood committee.

The next mayor of Bnei Brak is slated to be Yakov Asher, the United Torah Judaism representative, who will be taking over from current Mayor Rabbi Yissochor Frankenthal. Labor is trying to prevent that. Dror is trying to convince Labor and its politicians, like MKs Etan Cabel and Avishay Braverman, to name him their candidate for in the race for Bnei Brak mayorship.

Dror said, "This week we will determine our list for city council, and I hope that we will get at least two seats, because we are planning to place a woman in our number two spot. Our aim is to change the perception of this city, and just like there are women in Yerushalayim's city council, there will be a woman on this city council. The Rabbis will have to get used to the fact that there is a secular population in Bnei Brak that needs to be heard and needs to be attended to just like the Charedi population."

The Labor branch in Bnei Brak has refused to reveal the identity of the woman who will hold the number two spot. The woman herself refused to reveal her identity until her nomination has become official.

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