Friday, December 29, 2006

Living in the Past

One of the things that western politicians use as a reason for supporting Israel is the fact that it is the only democracy in the Middle East. This is true to an extent but it is coming to something when a democracy allows this to happen on its public transport system.
In a nutshell men on a public transport bus in Jerusalem beat a woman whilst other passengers looked on, merely because the woman refused to move to the back of the bus to the informal segregated area.

Is Israel living in the same century as us?

It seems they have formally segregated buses called “Mehadrin” buses that conform to some ancient proscription on the mingling of the sexes. I don’t really think this calls for too much comment, simply a raisin of the eyes at the sheer stupidity and ignorance of some people.

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