A female lifeguard is heard speaking to social activist Shimon Cohen in Tiberias in a video clip shared on social media. Cohen was hoping to hire a lifeguard for the city beach.
When the lifeguard learned where she would be sent, the call quickly became bad. Is this its own beach? The lifeguard refers to the gender segregation that is observed on several Israeli beaches.
Cohen provides a positive response. The lifeguard continues, “I’d be willing to take the job,” but I should let you know up front that if I see a pious woman drowning, I’m going to ignore her. People who are religious, I can’t tolerate.
“That’s fine,” Cohen replied. We’d prefer she perish than have an impure lady like you touch her, so if you see a haredi woman drowning, don’t leap in after her.
The exchange exemplifies the high levels of provocation currently present against the religious public, which is regarded as the primary beneficiary of Israel’s judicial changes.
The woman in issue is the subject of a police investigation request from the human rights group Btsalmo, which contends that her words amount to a confession of helping a murder.