Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev said Tuesday that male orthodox soldiers be allowed to use earplugs to block out women singing in official IDF ceremonies.

Speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women, Ze'ev also argued that such soldiers should have the right to serve in women-free units. 

Head of IDF Manpower Directorate Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai shot back that nobody can tell a female soldier she can't sing in a ceremony just because she's a woman.

The committee meeting comes amid a growing national debate on women's rights and religious rights that has most recently erupted in clashes between police and haredi Jews in Beit Shemesh.


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