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article imageUltra-orthodox men verbally attack woman on Israel public bus

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By Darren Weir     Sep 1, 2012 in World
There's been another incident of ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jewish men who cursed and spit at a young woman on a bus when she refused their demand to move to the back of the bus.
Israel Hayom reports the woman boarded the Egged bus in Ramat Gan and sat down in one of the front rows near the driver. Dolev Karazi says when an elderly haredi man got on, he told the driver to order her to move to the back of the bus. "I was reading a newspaper and the man, a very old man with white hair, began ordering me to go to the back." "He said that according to the Halacha (Jewish law) women must sit at the back and called me a 'shiksa' (a derogatory term for non-Jewish women), 'holera' (literally 'cholera,' or vile) and 'dirty.'"
She wrote about it on her Facebook page, saying, "An old haredi man ordered me to move to the back. When I replied that I wasn't interested in doing that, I was shouted, cursed and spat at. I said to myself 'dear God, it's Israel in 2012, is this what you meant in your Torah?'"
Karazi says when she refused to move, other men joined in, "The curses became more obscene throughout the incident. The spitting also got worse. The driver said he couldn't intervene, so I just sat there and remained silent the entire trip." She admits she was scared but realized she wasn't in any real physical danger. "They did not stop shouting and spitting at me for about an hour until I arrived at my parents' home. Unfortunately, there were no secular people on the bus. Except for one religious woman who told them to leave me alone, and who was quickly silenced by the men, no one was there to stand up for me."
She says she is considering legal action against the men responsible.
This is just the latest incident in a string of recent incidents. In December, Digital Journal told you about a similar incident that resulted in one man being charged with sexual assault for verbally attacking a female soldier who refused to move to the back of the bus, allegedly calling her "whore".
That same month, Digital Journal reported on riots that broke out in Beit Shemesh, a Jerusalem suburb, when haredi men demanded that women be forced to dress modestly and sit at the back of buses. They began putting up signs around the community demanding segregation of the sexes but when police tried to remove the signs, the haredim fought back, throwing eggs and stones and setting fires.
In another incident this past June, JTA reports haredi men threw stones at a woman's car in Beit Shemesh, shouting that she wasn't dressed modestly enough. The woman was taking her baby out of the car at the time and two haredi women rushed to her aid, getting the victim and her baby into a nearby store. A car window was broken in the incident.
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