Dispatches from the Creation Wars

More Crazy, Authoritarian Jews

That loony Haredi sect in Israel is at it again, out to prove that they can out-crazy the radical Muslims. They’ve got a ways to go, but they’re catching up:

Women in Israel are fighting a Rosa Parks-style campaign for the right to sit where they want on buses.

They claim men are forcing them to sit at the back because their clothes are too revealing.

The campaign against ‘voluntary’ segregation comes after the Haredi, or ultra- Orthodox community, increased ‘modesty police’ patrols of neighbourhoods and chastised women whose clothes were deemed inappropriate.

Well at least they didn’t hit them with sticks, as they do in Saudi Arabia. What they did do was bad enough:

Naomi Ragen, an ultra-Orthodox novelist, was told to go to the back of the bus by a group of men.

She explained that there were no signs on the bus regulating where passengers sat and no religious reason why there had to be segregation.

‘For the entire ride I was subjected to this insulting and physically imposing presence,’ she said.

‘There was one man who was sweating over me, shouting, threatening me. I felt like Rosa Parks.’

She rang the bus firm but was told it was free seating, effectively meaning Haredi men could demand women sit at the back.

Ms Ragen and four other women have petitioned the country’s Supreme Court over ‘voluntary’ segregation on buses.

One of the group’s lawyers, said: ‘It’s like the Wild West. An American woman was beaten and spat upon a few weeks ago.’

Absolutely insane.


  1. #1 carpundit
    February 27, 2007

    Yeah, they’re nuts. But that’s a bit shy of stoning women to death. (Maybe it’s a step on the stairway into the stoning arena, but they’re not there yet.)

  2. #2 CheezeBoy
    February 27, 2007

    Have you all seen this?


  3. #3 MartinDH
    February 27, 2007

    And the next one:

    Yay for omniburkafication! 😀

  4. #4 CheezeBoy
    February 27, 2007


    If Mr. Brayton wears one, I’ll wear one!

  5. #5 Bill Poser
    February 27, 2007

    I think that this nonsense is limited to buses in Jerusalem. I haven’t heard of it happening elsewhere in the country. It should of course be stopped, and it sounds like many of the men doing this have comitted assault, for which they can be sent to prison.

  6. #6 Jim S
    February 27, 2007

    While they haven’t gone so far as some of the Islamic nutcases it reinforces my belief that a religious nut is a religious nut is a religious nut and so on ad infinitum.

  7. #7 Skemono
    February 27, 2007

    Too bad Ms. Ragen herself hasn’t learned that lesson, Jim. She’s one of those people who believe that every Muslim is trying to kill every Jew/Westerner/whatever, and if any one of them doesn’t seem to be doing that, they’re clearly lying and keeping up some sort of masquerade.

  8. #8 Scott M
    March 1, 2007

    Skemono, where in the article did you get that idea?

    No one group has a monopoly on stupidity or authoritarianism.

  9. #9 Sean D.
    March 1, 2007

    I know a nice lady who is in her 50’s…she is a black belt in Akido. Time for women in Israel to learn some ass kicking skills and use them on these f-tards.

  10. #10 Skemono
    March 1, 2007

    Skemono, where in the article did you get that idea?

    Um, not from the article. But from my having been on her newsletter and suffering through an idiotic e-mail exchange with her.

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