Oct 21, 2007 13:45 | Updated Oct 21, 2007 22:32
A haredi woman was attacked on a Beit Shemesh bus by five haredi youths Sunday for refusing to move to the back of the bus, police said.
SEPARATE SEATING for men and women on Egged bus lines is becoming more prevalent as haredi families increasingly move to outlying areas.
The woman, who was seated at the front, asked an IAF soldier to sit next to er for protection. The attackers then turned on the soldier.
"They started beating me murderously," the soldier said in an interview.
The midday attack on the Egged 497 bus culminated in a clash between several dozen haredi men and police.
During the melee, the suspects fled and the rioters were dispersed by police, no injuries were reported in the incident, but the tires of a police vehicle were punctured.
In the haredi community, men and women traditionally sit separately on buses. Some bus lines that serve the haredi public exclusively are segregated by sex, with the women sitting at the back.
Last year, a 50-year-old American-Israeli woman making her way to the Western Wall was beaten on a Jerusalem bus for refusing to move to the rear of the bus. The woman, Miriam Shear, was slapped, kicked, punched and pushed by a group of men who demanded that she sit with the other women in the back of the city bus, which was not one of the segregated lines.
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