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Chabad Lubavitch rally on Yud Beis Tammuz in Rabin Square 2018

Leftist demonstrators attempted to cause trouble over the traditional separation of the sexes Monday night at a long-planned “We Want Moshiach” event held by the Chabad Lubavitch Hassidic movement in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

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Although there were separate sections for men and women, no one was forced to remain in either; the event was held in a public venue and free passage was available.

Protesters showed up and attempted to disrupt the joyous event, with a few women entering the men’s section and dancing among them. The men simply ignored them.

Police announced the provocateurs were “violating the public order” and removed those who became inordinately disruptive, yelling inappropriately.

The Chabad rally was held on the night of Yud-Beis Tammuz — the 12 day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz — the date on which the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory was released from prison in Soviet Russia. The Rebbe, determined to keep Judaism alive at all costs, was jailed for his ongoing attempts to maintain a Jewish education network in the Soviet Union.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.