Contentious hearing on mikve bill explodes

A Knesset committee hearing on Wednesday descended into scenes more akin to a soap opera than a parliamentary debate, with MKs trading barbs over a controversial bill which would prevent the progressive Jewish movements from using public mikvaot for conversion ceremonies.

Kulanu MK Rachel Azaria was removed from the hearing for her fierce remonstrations against parts of the bill she says will damage women’s rights, while United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni later stormed out when a representative of the justice minister questioned the legality of the legislation. Gafni introduced the bill earlier this year and it was passed in March in a preliminary reading.


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