During her tour of Israel, Jewish-American singer Barbra Streisand addressed ultra-Orthodox Jews that actively target and separate women from men. While receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University, she addressed recent incidents when ultra-Orthodox men forced women to sit in the back of any bus that passed through their neighborhood and prevent women praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem from wearing prayer shawls and carrying Torah scrolls:
“It’s distressing to read about women in Israel being forced to sit in the back of the bus or when we hear about `Women of the Wall’ having metal chairs thrown at them when they attempt to peacefully and legally pray.”
CBS reports that in the Orthodox Jewish faith, only men are allowed to carry scrolls and wear prayer shawls, but that is slowly changing in some areas.
Check out her full comments below: