MembersBurkinis? No Problem in Israel

The spectacle of French police publicly enforcing a ban on the burkini by demanding that Muslim women remove the overly modest swimming attire has been met with bemusement, and in some cases astonishment, in Israel.

By Michael Selutin |
TEL AVIV BEACH LIFE Photo: Flash90

One would think that given their long conflict with the Arab and Muslim world, Israelis would be suspicious of such Islamic garb, which combines the traditional burka head covering with a modest bathing suit. French officials have warned that the burkini could be used by terrorists to conceal weapons.

But the response in Israel has been quite to the contrary.

“They have no right to ban the burkini,” Marci Rapp, owner of a Jerusalem-based swimwear company, told The Times of Israel. “They have no right to tell women what to wear on the streets or at the beach.”

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