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Women As Judges in Religious Courts Demanded in Israel

A demand that women be appointed to membership in religious courts in Israel was voiced here last night during a Parliamentary debate on a bill setting forth the rights and duties of religious court judges. The demand was made by Ada Maimon, a member of the Mapai Party.

The bill, which would regularize the status of religious court judges on the same level as civil judges, was introduced by Dr. Zorach Warhaftig, Deputy Minister of Religion. It provides for their appointment by the President, upon recommendation of a special committee, and their having the same authority as civil judges. The oath of office varies slightly, with the religious judges not being required to pledge to abide by the laws of the state.

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