When I first got to Tel Aviv, I heard about a recent confrontation where a woman refused to move to the back of a gender-segregated bus in Jerusalem. The ultra-orthodox Haredi have significant political influence despite their being only about 12% of the Israeli population, though their growth rate is significant.
According to the soldier, Doron Matalon, a 45-year-old man asked her to move to the back of the bus, threatening her, and calling her “prostitute.”
There was a protest in a Jerusalem suburb about gender segregation on the 27th, following a report from an American immigrant girl that she fears walking to school because of Haredi harassment.
About 300 haredi Orthodox men threw stones at police and burned trash cans Monday after the police removed a sign calling for the separation of the sexes on city streets, Haaretz reported. The signs had been replaced after being removed the previous day.
The latest development was a protest on December 31 where some Haredi kids deployed Holocaust imagery:
The protesters were trying to express by way of analogy that they are being persecuted for their Jewish way of life by Israel’s secular majority.
Like, whoa? I’m pretty new to the complexities, but enforcing segregation on streets and buses is also easily read as persecution, no?
Wikipedia is on top of developments.