The Jerusalem Post reports on the legal battle against public buses that require women to sit in the back:
The Transportation Ministry delivered the conclusions of the committee report on gender-segregated public bus-lines, known as ‘Mehadrin’ buses, to the High Court of Justice Tuesday morning.
According to the report, the segregation itself is not legal, but passengers may voluntarily segregate themselves if they so chose.
I can’t remember who pointed out that haredi women who object to segregated buses are not always in a position to protest. As a democracy, Israel has an obligation to protect the rights of these women. Democracy doesn’t mean that the majority decides, as the expense of everyone else. No one can decide where someone should sit on a public bus.
Here is a video about the dispute (Thanks to Religion and State in Israel).
For some people, gender-segregated buses aren’t enough. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Yoel “Yoelish” Kraus, the kambatz, or “operations director” for the Eda Haharedit organization, was released to house arrest on Monday after being arrested the previous evening for assaulting a haredi woman who refused to move to the other side of the street in the capital’s Mea She’arim neighborhood, police said.
On a lighter note (or not) Jameel shares the New York City Board of Health’s swine flu prevention efforts in the Orthodox Jewish community:
Here’s some good news: Mimi of Israeli Kitchen hosts her first Kosher Cooking Carnival, with beautiful pictures and tasty recipes.
Finally, ArtzeinuBlog hosts the Aliyah Edition of Haveil Havalim, the Jewish/Israeli blog carnival.