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Woman assaulted by haredi men in Beit Shemesh

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January 24, 2012 | 10:52 am

Israelis take part in a protest in Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2011. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israelis take part in a protest in Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2011. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A woman hanging posters for Israel’s national lottery was assaulted by haredi Orthodox men in Beit Shemesh.

The men reportedly surrounded her car, slashed her tires and stole her car keys. A stone thrown at the car hit the woman in the head.

The posters did not contain any photos of women.

Police helped the woman and arrested three suspects, Ynet reported. Other attackers reportedly fled the scene and are being sought by police. The woman filed a complaint with the police.

Beit Shemesh has been the scene of tension between haredi Orthodox and city residents as well as visitors over the exclusion of women in the public sphere.

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