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An inspection by the Israel Religious Action Center shows that there is still an enforced segregation of women on many “Mehadrin” bus lines, in violation of a High Court of Justice ruling. In some cases the drivers themselves try to enforce the segregation.
Ministry of Transportation started Driving School classes separating men from women. According to a source in the Ministry, they allow separate classes for all ultra-Orthodox men who wish to study without women: “This came up due to their sensitivity to this issue. You have to understand, the ultra-Orthodox sector have separation in their buses, and all of a sudden they come here, and sit for long hours together with secular women.”
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv ruled that the Yeshiva student who cursed a woman because she refused to move to the back of a “Mehadrin” (segregated) bus, is not required to apologize to her, because “it is permitted to degrade whoever violates the Jewish religion rules in matters of chastity. ”
Justice Elyakim Rubinstein stated today that the Supreme Court intends to adopt an arrangement initiated by the Ministry of Transportation, whereby the mehadrin bus lines (where women are required to sit at the back of the bus), will be operated with ministerial approval for buses which serve the ultra-orthodox (haredi) population. Under this arrangement, the Ministry of Transportation will conduct open and under-cover control of the bus lines’ operation, to prevent violence against women riding on them. The Rabbis Committee for Transportation Issues – the ultra-orthodox organization which promotes the separation between men and women on bus lines – argued that the authorization of the mehadrin bus lines should not be made conditional upon the absence of cases of violence or coercion. They say that “anyone who seeks provocations to have an excuse to change the nature of the bus lines – will find them.” (Hebrew