In a country where beauty is a matter of pride, the Israeli government is trying to make sure women can wear whatever they want.
In the past few months, Israel has instituted rules requiring all public employees to wear a hijab, a headscarf covering of modestly tight fitting garments that cover the face, ears, hands and neck.
The hijab was introduced in 2009 by then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protect women’s modesty and make it more difficult for Israeli men to molest them.
The hijab, which is worn in some Arab countries, has become a symbol of the women’s struggle against religious discrimination and oppression, and in particular against the oppression of women and girls.
The campaign to outlaw it, which has led to the banning of some schools and other government-funded institutions, has gained international support and has even become a topic of discussion in American and British political discourse.
In a recent survey by the Israeli Human Rights Center (IHRC), more than 50% of respondents in the country said they would be opposed to the hijab being banned in public spaces.
It is estimated that at least 1.5 million women and young girls in Israel wear the hijab, or the full-face covering of a head scarf.
While the hijab is controversial in Israel, its advocates are often ignored in the public sphere.
Women who wear the full veil are sometimes harassed by men in the streets and are even subject to verbal and physical violence.
This has led many women to ask themselves if they are “pure enough” to wear the veil.
The Israeli government has repeatedly told women they must adhere to its strict rules, and women have been barred from wearing the full hijab in public for years, but the government has never made them wear a full hijab.
A recent campaign to ban the hijab on the beaches of Israel, for example, failed in the parliament and the government passed a law to exempt women from the restrictions.
But women in Israel still wear the whole face veil.
A survey conducted by the IHRC in 2015 showed that the majority of Israeli women who wore the full scarf or had it on their head had a higher level of satisfaction with their appearance than their counterparts in Arab countries.
Some 60% of women in the survey said they were satisfied with their looks, and 65% said they believed they could achieve their own goals by wearing a full headscarab.
In many ways, the hijab’s popularity in Israel has led people to believe that it has no place in a secular society.
But the campaign to introduce the hijab in Israel may have been a way for the government to show that it values women’s beauty above all else.