Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Closed Society: 6 January, 2011

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The Supreme Court has decided that the separation between men and women on buses will become a permanent arrangement. A three-judge panel today (Thursday) adopted the arrangement initiated by the Ministry of Transportation which permits separation between men and women on Mehadrin lines – the bus routes which primarily serve the ultra-orthodox (haredi) population. Under this arrangement, the separation will be consensual, and no force or violence will be applied to women passengers. The arrangement further states that the Ministry of Transportation will enforce the arrangement with an inspection system. The decision maintains the current condition, where women do not sit in the front part of the bus on Mehadrin lines. (Hebrew)

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