Court orders Egged to put up nixed political ad with women portraits

The High Court of Justice on Monday ordered Israel's largest bus company to immediately put up a political advertisement on the sides of Jerusalem city buses showing the portraits of women running for the city council. The company responsible for advertising on Egged buses had refused to put up the ads of the women who are running in Tuesday's municipal election on a joint religious-secular list called "Wake up Jerusalem-Yerushalmim" last month in order not to offend the religious sensitives of the haredi public. The bus company has previously said that it was unaware of the decision taken by its advertising agency. Acting on a petition filed by the group of would-be city councilors, the court admonished both companies, and stressed that such an incident must not reoccur.