Entertainment star Barbra Streisand is attacking Jewish religious practices in Israel that treat women differently from men, the Newsmax World website reports today (June 17, 2013).
Streisand says she is distressed to read about women in Israel "being forced to sit on the back of the bus," women being assaulted while praying at Jerusalem's Western Wall, and women prohibited from singing in public. She was referring to recent incidents demeaning women that are observed by ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Streisand was speaking today at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, where she received an honorary Ph.D. noting her dedication to Israel. She urged equality and praised the university for issuing its largest-ever number of doctorates to women this year.
The American Jewish singer is in Israel to attend the 90th birthday party of Israeli President Shimon Peres before holding her first-ever concerts in Israel this weekend.