Religious Soldiers Must Attend Ceremonies With Women Singing, IDF Rules [View all]
January 2, 2012
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Religious Israel Defense Forces soldiers will not be excused from official military ceremonies at which women sing, according to an official ruling.
Monday's decision by Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz comes following the recommendation of a special committee, which also determined that soldiers could request permission to be absent from performances by females during cultural and private unit events.
Religious cadets walked out of an official ceremony last year that featured the singing of female soldiers. The cadets were removed from the officer training program.