More than 200 women threw off symbolic black head coverings on Tuesday afternoon
to protest discrimination against women in public, during a “flashmob” that took
place in downtown Jerusalem.
A flashmob is a choreographed dance
performed in a public space by participants who seem to melt out of the crowd
and start dancing in synchronized steps. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” boomed
out of speakers set up for the Ben-Yehuda Street event, which was organized by
The Hebrew University’s student union.
“We decided to come here and
protest against the segregation of women here in Jerusalem, because this is a
thing that we feel that both the government and the city of Jerusalem need to
deal with,” said Inbar Admon, the director of social activism in the student
She cited the recent spate of discrimination against women,
including spitting on and harassing young girls in Beit Shemesh, or removing
posters featuring female models from Jerusalem streets, as inspiration for the
250 women dance in Beit Shemesh protest flashmob
“What’s happening in the streets, or pictures being taken off
the walls of Jerusalem, we’re not allowed to sit wherever we want in the buses,
and we feel it’s time to say, ‘Enough of that!’ and to call for action,” she
The student union hosted five rehearsals for participants,
including one in Tel Aviv for a contingent that came from the country’s
Though the choreography wasn’t perfect, the participants stressed
it was an important message to send to the public.
discrimination against women. They should have totally equal rights,” said Helen
Gottstein, an English and theater teacher from Jerusalem who
“If she wants to dance or sing or eat a felafel in the
middle of the street, women have a right to be seen – that’s the bottom line,”
Though the cold, rainy weather may have influenced the number
of participants, it did little to dampen the spirit of the women, who cheered
after finishing their dance.
“The whole idea of doing a flashmob is great
because it’s an anarchistic, artistic way of saying something,” said Yaron
Meidan, a lawyer and choreographer who created the steps.
“It’s without a
stage, without costumes. I think it’s the most public, common, natural
artistic way of doing an artistic work,” he said.