Time for something new!
What news and new photos to post for International Women’s Day?
In the past Israeli Apartheid Week was making headlines at the same time.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Israeli Apartheid was first posted eight years ago.
Women in Saudi Arabia can now drive a car. Haneen Zoabi is no longer running for the Knesset.
But otherwise that viral post with 24 photos of Arab women stands true.
The blog titled 15 Real Photos of Arab Girls is still going since March 2012.
In the last 3 years alone, those girls have received over 26,000 views.
And three years ago there was the blog called 18 New Photos of Arab Girls.
Those glorious palm trees at Kikar Safra, Jerusalem Municipal Hall, have been gone for over a year, but Arab girls and women still shop of Jaffa Road.
Women are represented at the top of the Israeli legal system. Both the past and present heads of the Supreme Court, as well as the Minister of Justice are women.
The Israeli Supreme Court has two women serving as justices besides President Esther Hayut.
This photo was taken on the day Hayut officially took her position.
Judges are sworn in at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence, including this group of new Qadis, Sharia Court Judges.
While Muslim women were in attendance, there was no female judge appointed that day.
These men entered an all-male Israeli Sharia Court System. Ayelet Shaked said she wanted females also, and a year later Hana Khatib was sworn in at Beit Hanasi.
Not many women were present at Beit Hanasi when Arab security and police conferred.
But women were the focus of this media conference on Israeli version of #MeToo in Tel Aviv.
So what else is new to share in honor of International Women’s Day?
This photo of shopping in a Jerusalem supermarket before Passover is not new.
However, the fact that more Arab men are going shopping in Mamilla Mall is new.
Arab women eating in Jerusalem restaurants is not new.
However, I still refrain from showing them clearly.
Unless they are in my face like this young women; I often wonder where she is today.
More young women are running, this was a Jerusalem Women’s Night Run. The Jerusalem Marathon is a week away, and when the rain clears participants are out running and training.
In the Israel Museum this old photo is displayed, part of the story of Heftizbah Babayoff and family, who arrived in Jerusalem by camel in the 1800’s, from Bukhara.
What a contrast with this young woman who was sitting near the walls of the Old City, working on her laptop computer.
Women have come a long way in Jerusalem, Israel.
Where will we be next year for International Women’s Day?