Mea Shearim 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
About 50 men and women from the Jerusalem branch of a nationwide
university women’s organization, Ella, marched from central Jerusalem
towards Mea She'arim on Wednesday to protest an enforced gender
segregation within the religious neighborhood during current holidays.
Large police forces accompanied the march on the eve of Simchat Torah
and blocked surrounding streets to prevent any potential friction. No violence was reported.
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The High Court of Justice on Tuesday permitted the march over police objections, but ruled that
it must end before reaching Kikar Hashabbat, at the heart of Mea
During the hearing, the court also extracted a formal
statement by the state’s attorney, Osnat Mandel, to the effect that “the state
agrees that in an obviously public area such as city streets, it is prohibited
to separate on the basis of gender.”
The court heard two petitions on
Tuesday, one by municipal councilors Rachel Azarya and Laura Verton and
Jerusalem Movement, and the other by the Jerusalem branch of the campus
organization, Aleh, the Meretz Party and its representatives in the
City Council.JPOST.COM STAFF contributed to this report.