when i watched the noonhour news , i thought someone was telling either a bad joke or an outright lie , but here it is :
ISRAEL BUS LINE MAKES WOMEN SIT IN THE BACK !
while some of the women and men being interviewed thought it was an outrage , others - including a young woman - thought that it was perfectly right to ask the women to sit in the back of the bus hbg
from the article :
The Egged bus company operates 30 mehadrin (haredi) bus lines throughout the country where women are forced to enter the bus from the rear doors and sit in the back rows and are barred from boarding unless they wear "modest" clothing, according to a group of women who petitioned the High Court on Wednesday against the Egged and Dan bus companies and the Transportation Ministry.
The petitioners included author Naomi Ragen and the Israel Religious Action Center of the Progressive (Reform) Movement.
The five women who petitioned the court recounted personal experiences riding on the mehadrin lines.
Ragen, for example, was riding on the No. 40, a municipal route connecting Strauss St. in downtown Jerusalem with her home in the Ramot Gimel neighborhood. On the occasion in question, the bus was empty and Ragen took a single seat towards the front of the bus.
As the bus began to fill up, several men approached her and demanded that she move to a seat at the back. Ragen replied that there was no sign posted in the bus stating that she had to do so. She also told them that as an observant woman, she knew that there was no halacha (Jewish law) preventing her from sitting where she was.
article in full :
SEGREGATION ON ISRAELI BUS-SERVICE