A leading Israeli rabbi condemned Ultra-Orthodox gender segregation on public buses Tuesday, saying that such policies “destroy the foundations of the Torah.”
An indictment was filed Thursday against Jerusalem resident, an ultra-Orthodox man who spit,hurled sexist slurs at a female soldier on a public bus in the capital, after she refused his demand to move to the back of the bus. The Orthodox called her a 'Shiksa' (slut/prostitute in Yiddish) and was arrested by the police for doing so.
The indictment follows a warning issued by Israeli authorities saying they would not tolerate the exclusion of women from the public sphere or any acts of violence towards women. State Prosecutor Moshe Lador stressed that "the prosecution will work with the police to bring this radical phenomenon of haredi extremism to an end."
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