Knesset bans jeans, revealing shirts ahead of winter session

October 8, 2007 14:15

The Knesset unleashed the fashion police ahead of the opening of its annual winter session Monday, saying visitors wearing "unbecoming attire" would not be allowed into the building. "Entrance to the Knesset will be barred to anyone wearing unbecoming attire, such as sleeveless T-shirts, short pants, jeans and, for women, short T-shirts that expose the midriff," Knesset director Avi Balashnikov said in a statement. The order appeared to be aimed specifically at the local media and parliamentary staffers. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office issued a similar dress code after a female journalist arrived at a news conference in a skin-baring top. Shelly Yacimovich, a lawmaker, told Army Radio that one of her male staffers was barred from entering the Knesset early Monday because he was wearing jeans.

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