Israeli women are required to sit in the back of the bus, enter through the back doors and "dress modestly." To make matters worse, ten years ago an ultra-Orthodox (haredi) community petitioned for segregated bus lines and created another misogynistic product of religion: the segregated bus-lines. There are now more than 55 gender-segregated bus lines running throughout Israel. According to the New Israel Fund, women who refuse to sit in the back of the bus are frequently threatened verbally and physically by haredi men who "enforce" the segregation system.
This December, Transport Minister Israel Katz (Likud) will present his position on gender-segregated bus lines. The Ministry of Transport has ordered a decision to be made after publishing a report, which ruled that these bus lines are illegal because they humiliate and discriminate against women passengers.
The New Israel Fund is asking U.S. citizens to speak out against these discriminatory practices and send letters Minister Katz protesting this practice.