Tourists cool off at Tel Aviv beach.
(photo credit: Niv Elis)
ASHKELON MAYOR Itamar Shimoni is under attack by surfers from around the country, who are enraged that he is about to destroy the country’s best beach for surfers.Shimoni, in deference to the haredi community to whom he owes his electoral success, is building separate beaches not only in the sand, but in the water. He intends to build a separation wall in the water to facilitate separate swimming areas for men and women. Surfers say that they will be unable to pursue their favorite sport, and are charging Shimoni with ruining one of the country’s most prized beauty spots.