Israel’s ultra-Orthodox women make uphill battle for parliament


Michal Zernowitski, right, the head of Israel's first-ever party comprised entirely of Haredi women, blows up a balloon as she campaigns for municipal elections in Elad, an ultra-Orthodox town near Tel Aviv on October 20, 2013. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Nir Elias *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ORTHODOX-ISRAEL, originally transmitted on March 3, 2015.

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JERUSALEM (RNS) The fact that women in the Haredi sect are running at all is historic and radical for a community where politics -- and decision-making -- are traditionally left to the menfolk.