Standing up to the Taliban

Hundreds of men and women boarded gender-segregated buses in Jerusalem and Ramat Gan on Sunday, in protest of the exclusion of women from the public sphere and against the segregation of men and women in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.  Despite the friction between the two communities, the protest on board the buses went over relatively quietly. An ultra-Orthodox passenger on one of the buses in Bnei Brak said, “We suffer from exclusion more than secular people, but once the media creates a fight between secular people and Haredim, then we have no choice – we have to pick a side.”

I don’t think it’s the media that caused the fight.  The media has exposed what needs to be exposed: injustice and prejudice.

“Extremists from both sides do not allow a discussion to take place on this subject,” he said, blaming the media and ultra-Orthodox extremists of anti-Semitism.

Of course.  Anyone who ever raises any question about something, anything, in Israel is tarred an anti-semite – even if they’re Jewish!  This can only mean that the phrase has been emptied of any meaning.  When a Nazi is an anti-semite and a person who opposes radicalism among the ultra orthodox is an anti-semite, who isn’t?