Entertainment legend Barbra Streisand had some choice words for the Orthodox Jewish community during a speech on Monday at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Streisand said she was “distressed” when she read about Israeli women “being forced to sit at the back of the bus,” and women being assaulted while praying at the Kotel, Judaism’s holiest site, AP reported.
Streisand, 70, is in Israel to attend the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres and to give two concerts, after the first concert sold out in one day. Tickets for the first concert were priced at $700, the Los Angeles Times reported. On Monday she also received an honorary Ph.D. from Hebrew University.
Streisand is a prolific donor to various political issues through her Streisand Foundation, including charities dedicated to women’s causes.
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