Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely_311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Knesset Committee on the Status of the Woman was scheduled to visit
Beit Shemesh on Thursday to ride at the front of a so-called "mehadrin"
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chairwoman MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), the committee will ride
"mehadrin" bus line 418 from the city to Jerusalem, according to a
Knesset press release circulated Wednesday. The term "mehadrin"
signifies here the gender separation arrangement in which female
are frequently forced to sit at the back of the bus. Hotovely said
that she plans to sit in the front of the bus, the section typically
reserved for men-only.
The committee will also travel to the Beit Orot School, which has been
at the center of controversy
in Beit Shemesh since it opened last
In the most recent incident of sexist abuse, a haredi
[ultra-Orthodox] man called a 19-year-old female soldier a "whore" on
the number 49 Egged bus in Jerusalem. The girl was riding the bus along
the Levi Eshkol Boulevard Wednesday morning, when the man got on and
asked her to move to the back of the bus.
After the girl refused to move to the back, the man reportedly
proceeded to curse her using strong language. The driver alerted the police who arrested the suspect and took him for questioning.
issue of haredi extremism reached a climax Tuesday night, as thousands
of protesters gathered in Beit Shemesh to protest against it.
Demonstrators from Beit Shemesh and beyond, religious and secular, kids
with parents and even the Israeli Hells Angels arrived to speak out
against a growing frequency in attacks against a local religious-Zionist
girls’ elementary school and the broader trend of haredi exclusion of
women from the public domain.Ruth Eglash and Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report