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Beit Shemesh segregation signs removed

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July 5, 2012 | 2:30 pm

A sign cautioning women to dress modestly hangs in Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, on Dec. 25. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

A sign cautioning women to dress modestly hangs in Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, on Dec. 25. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

A sign calling for women to avoid using sidewalks in order to avoid contact with men was removed from a neighborhood in Beit Shemesh.

The sign was removed Wednesday night after a complaint from a female city resident, Nili Phillip, who told the Ynet news site that she has been the victim of an attack for not dressing modestly in the past, when a rock was thrown at her head by a haredi Orthodox man.

City inspectors removed the sign in an effort to avoid confrontation. The signs had been removed the previous summer but were replaced, according to reports.

Beit Shemesh, a Jerusalem suburb, has been the site of violence against women by extremist haredi Orthodox men over the past several months.

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