Beit Shemesh women start a flash mob

Now remember kids: when faced with rampant gender discrimination, threatening the safety of you and your children, always turn to Queen. ALWAYS.

On Friday, January 6, about 250 women from the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh gathered in the city square for a flash mob. The dance, set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” was appropriate and well-rehearsed, albeit a bit gawky (ahh, the beauty of Jewish rhythm). The event comes following protests sparked by an 8-year-old girl who was spit on and called a “whore” by haredi Orthodox men on her way to school. The Jerusalem Post quoted dance organizer Miri Shalem saying, “Today the women and girls demonstrated our unity in public and I hope we will continue to do this in the future in order to improve our city.”

Hear hear, Miri! Look, everyone gets the urge to shake those jazz hands when Queen comes on. Nothing special about that. However, the song, the place, and the meaning created an amazingly unique way of showing courage in the face of fear. Thanks to the people of Beit Shemesh for staying classy and being awesome.

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