Israeli courts on Wednesday squabbled over a ruling regarding a gender-segregated concert for the Ultra-Orthodox community in Afula, while the concert itself took place without a hitch.
The Nazareth District Court on Sunday ruled against the Afula municipality, which planned a gender-segregated concert next week for the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) community at a public park.
The court ruling did not cancel the event but rather ordered the municipality to refrain from official gender-based segregation. The municipality was not allowed to put up signs ordering men and women to stand separately, and the ushers at the event were ordered not to segregate or enable others to do so.
Another judge at the Nazareth District Court on Wednesday afternoon overturned the first ruling against the Afula municipality and ruled that the concert can proceed as planned, with full segregation.
However, the Israel Women Network, which launched the campaign against the concert, petitioned the High Court of Justice later in the day. The Court subsequently ruled that the Nazareth Court overstepped its authority and that gender-segregation at a public park was in fact illegal.
Nevertheless, by the time the Court gave its ruling, the concert had already taken place.
The Haredi Shas party, which led the battle in favor of the gender-segregated concert and on behalf of the Ultra-Orthodox community, lauded the Nazareth court’s ruling that allowed the segregation as a “victory for common sense,” and expressed regret over the High Court of Justice’s ruling that banned it, saying that the court had “chosen non-relevant longwinded legal deliberation over common sense and simple logic.”