Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sitting At The Front Of The Bus | The Jewish Week

Religious Jerusalemites wait for the No. 2 bus from the Old City to the haredi neighborhood of Har Nof.

Israel Religious Action Center launches ‘Freedom Rider’ campaign
to ensure gender segregation not imposed on ‘kosher’ lines.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Michele Chabin
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Gratified though they are by last week’s High Court decision to ban “mehadrin” buses that separate passengers by gender, Israeli activists fear that the companies that run these lines will not always enforce it.

So they are taking it upon themselves to personally test compliance and are inviting adventurous tourists to join them.

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is about to launch a year-long Rosa Parks-inspired Freedom Rider program whose foreign and local female volunteers will attempt to sit in the front section of so-called “kosher” buses, which until now have been reserved for men.

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