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Gender segregation still OK on Israeli buses, with caveats

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/gender_segregation_still_ok_on_israeli_buses_with_caveats_20110106

Gender segregation on Israeli public buses may continue as long as passengers agree, the country's Supreme Court ruled. The practice will still be allowed on dozens of bus lines serving the haredi Orthodox community, known as Mehadrin lines, as long as passengers are not coerced and no violence erupts, according to the ruling issued Thursday. The finding adopted recommendations made last year by a Transportation Ministry committee which found that the Mehadrin lines should be allowed as long as the segregation was voluntary and women were not forced to sit in the back of the bus, Haaretz reported. The state had accepted the finding. The legal opinion was in response to a lawsuit filed in 2007 by a group of women and the Israel Religious Action Center, an organization of Israel's Reform, or Progressive, movement.

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