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The ultra-Orthodox men in Israel who are exerting control over women claim that they are honoring women. In effect they are saying: We do not treat women as sex objects as you in Western society do. Our women are about more than their bodies, and that is why their bodies must be fully covered.

In fact, though, their actions objectify and hyper-sexualize women. Think about it: By saying that all women must hide their bodies, they are saying that every woman is an object who can stir a man’s sexual thoughts. Thus, every woman who passes their field of vision is sized up on the basis of how much of her body is covered. She is not seen as a complete person, only as a potential inducement to sin.

Of course, once you judge a female human being only through a man’s sexualized imagination, you can turn even a modest 8-year-old girl into a seductress and a prostitute.

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Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his conviction of rape in December 2010. The court rejected his attorneys’ request for leniency, making Katsav the highest-ranking Israeli official ever sentenced to prison.

Although he remained stoic in the courtroom, ABC reports that Katsav screamed at the judges: “You made a mistake! It is a lie! The girls know it is a lie!”

Katsav, 65, was convicted of raping a former employee and sexually harassing two other women who worked for him. The rape occurred before Katsav became president in 2000, while the sexual harassment charges came while he was president.

The three-judge panel, which ruled 2-1, said Katsav’s record of public service would not be weighed in his favor, accusing him instead of exploiting his position to become a sexual offender. The court ordered him to report to prison on May 8, giving him time to prepare an appeal. He must also pay fines of about $25,000 and $7,000 to two of his victims.

The role of the Israeli president is considered to be an elder statesman, a ceremonial office that rises above politics and plays a key role in unifying the country.

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