Poking fun

Eretz Nehederet ♥ Women of the Wall

A slight spoof on the women — all the women — at the Kotel

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

A clip from 'Eretz Nehederet' about ultra Orthodox women protesting Women of the Wall (Courtesy 'Eretz Nehederet' screen grab)
A still from the ‘Eretz Nehederet’ skit about ultra-Orthodox women protesting the Women of the Wall (Courtesy ‘Eretz Nehederet’ screen grab)

It’s clear which group has the support of local satirical sketch TV show “Eretz Nehederet” in the most recent set of protests of the Women of the Wall.

After Knesset members Stav Shaffir, Michal Rozin and Tamar Zandberg joined the monthly Rosh Hodesh (new moon) prayer group at the Western Wall last Tuesday morning — showing solidarity following a spate of arrests in February — the popular show offered its take regarding the ongoing battle between the women who want to pray at the Western Wall with Torah and prayer shawls, and those who oppose them.

Narrating one of the show’s “news” segments, Eretz Nehederet anchorman Eyal Kitzis showed a clip of the Knesset members praying, then cut to a shot of an ultra-Orthodox woman protesting the presence of the prayer-shawl-wearing insubordinates.

The 'eh'ing' protester featured on 'Eretz Nehederet' (Courtesy screen grab)
The ‘eh’ing’ protester featured on ‘Eretz Nehederet’ (Courtesy screen grab)

Calling her a “representative” of the ultra-Orthodox group who wanted to “offer her reasons” for opposing the Women of the Wall, the clip showed this lady cupping her mouth, repeatedly calling “Eh, eh, eh,” in a negative tone toward the protesters and their Knesset member supporters.

Mocking the protester’s inarticulacy, the show introduced an interpreter for the hearing-impaired in a box at the lower left of the screen, “signing” to interpret the ultra-Orthodox woman’s unintelligible noises. Except, as Kitzis, pointed out, there wasn’t much to interpret, given that she wasn’t saying much.

“Very clear, right?” said Kitzis.

It’s not remotely surprising to find a TV show siding against the ultra-Orthodox, but you’d think they might have come up with something smarter. Maybe next time, Kitzis will put on his own prayer shawl.

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