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December 16, 1988 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-16

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Ban On Belly Dancing
Has Ashdod In Uproar

NACHEMIA MEYERS

Special to The Jewish News

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esidents of the port
city of Ashdod, mostly
Jews of North African
origin who support right-
wing and religious parties,
are quite prepared to let the
Orthodox rabbinate have its
way on the "Who is a Jew"
issue. But they are in no mood
to compromise with the rab-
binate on another issue,
namely belly dancing.
For many North African
Jews, no major celebration —
and particularly no wedding
— can be truly successful
without the appearance of an
undulating belly dancer. So,
naturally, their wrath was in-
curred when the Sephardic
Chief Rabbi of Ashdod, Rab-
bi Israel Alizera, recently
ruled that any wedding hall
which permitted belly danc-
ing would have its kashrut
certificate permanently
withdrawn, thus effectively
putting it out of business.
Ashdod residents were par-
ticularly taken aback by the
fact that Rabbi Alizera, long
regarded as a religious
moderate, had issued such a
ruling. But his traditional
moderation had angered the
ascendant ultra-Orthodox,
and his pronouncement on
belly dancing was apparently
made in an attempt to ap-
pease them.
The popularity and pro-
fitability of belly dancing is
evident from a glance at "The
Thousand and One Nights"
page in the entertainment
section of Yediot Aharonot,
Israel's largest circulation
newspaper. That page
features numerous small ads
placed by local belly dancers,
who proclaim their will-
ingness to appear at "events
of all kinds!' There are also a
few larger ads placed by
"Mediterranean" nights
clubs, which have belly
dancers from both Israel and
abroad — the latter mainly
from Turkey.
Quite apart from the profes-
sionals, hundreds of other
women, ranging from teen-
agers to 50ish matrons, are
taking belly dancing courses
all over the country.
There is no denying the
erotic character of belly danc-
ing, though many practi-
tioners put strict limits on
how excited they will allow
their flushed patrons to
become. For example, the
"modest" ones will forego a
substantial source of income
rather than allow members of

the audience to rush up and
stick 20 shekel bills on their
sweating bodies or into their
bulging bras.
It is quite common for men
to ask for the dancers' phone
numbers, which most of them
refuse to divulge because, on
principle, they will have
nothing to do with patrons
after hours. "In point of fact,"
says belly dancer Yasmin
Trainy, "we are more
restrained in our behavior
than many ordinary women.
They are apt to go around
making provocative gestures
all day long, while we make
them for only 20 minutes,
perhaps three times a night."
The conflict over belly dan-
cing in Ashdod illustrates a
basic characteristic of Orien-
tal Jews which the rabbinical
authorities and the political
parties will ignore at their
peril: such Jews will go along
with the rabbis and politi-
cians so long as no attempt is
made to disturb their lifestyle
in the name of religion.
However fervent their
Jewishness, they intend to go
on with "pagan pleasures"
like belly dancing at wed-
dings, television on Friday
nights and soccer games on
Saturdays.

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Israel Tourism
Facts, Figures

New York — Since the
establishment of the State of
Israel in 1948, over 18 million
tourists have visited Israel. In
1949, 4,500 tourists visited
Israel. In 1987, tourism in-
come amounted to $1.6 billion
dollars.
Israel was one of 50 coun-
tries in the world which had
more than one million
visitors in 1987, with income
from tourism exceeding $1
billion.
Israel is 5th in the world of
terms of income per capita
from foreign tourism ($380
average income per capita).
Forty percent of all tourists
who visit Israel are Jewish.
Among foreign visitors, the
average stay in Israel is 17
nights.
Israel will have hosted by
the end of 1988, 140 interna-
tional conferences in which
37,000 participants are
anticipated.
Israel now has bilateral
agreements to promote
tourism with 10 countries:
Chile, Egypt, France, Greece,
Holland, Italy, Philippines,
Spain and the United States.

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