Jerusalem – In a 3-1 vote with one abstention, a special committee of the city of Jerusalem decided last week to stage a Chanukah concert on December 8th as a special salute to Israeli security forces.
Israeli newspaper Maariv is reporting that the separate seating concert which will be held in Binyanei Hauma will feature superstar Yaakov Shwekey and the municipality has allocated 250,000 shekel to cover the cost of the seating arrangements and transportation in addition to paying the cost of flight and accommodations for Shwekey and his band members, who live in America.
The contract signed between the singer and the city of Jerusalem stipulates that the men will be seated in the lower seats of the theater near the stage while the women will be seated in the balcony. It should be noted that Shwekey’s Caesaria concerts have been mixed seating events.
“The chareidim are not attending this concert. It is purely for the military,” said an unidentified source. “This is worse than Teheran. This sickness of separation is spreading from the Mehadrin to the general public and the worst part is that the city of Jerusalem is promoting it.”
A representative of the municipality responded saying “the city is making a large event to salute our security forces and there will be other artists as well from all across the religious spectrum. Yaakov Shwekey, the lead singer, represents both the religious and Chareidi community and the committee acceded to Shwekey’s request for separate seating.
While the Jerusalem born singer has never served in the IDF, a foreign residency law exempts Shwekey from military service.