Man assaults haredi who asked woman to move to back of bus

August 9, 2013 03:42

A young man punched a haredi man who asked a woman to move to the back of a public bus in Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred in the haredi neighborhood of Givat Shaul. The bus line is not one of several voluntarily segregated lines run for haredi, or fervently Orthodox, Jews.

The haredi victim filed a complaint against the assailant with police.

The incident comes a week after haredi Orthodox assailants in Beit Shemesh smashed the windows of a public bus after a woman was asked to move to the back and the driver called police.

The Transportation Ministry maintains a voluntary segregation plan for a number of public buses under which riders may sit separately if they desire, but passengers cannot pressure other passengers to sit separately. The plan was approved by the Supreme Court.

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