Originally posted by Sartor Resartus
It is reported that Jewish women are segregated in trains running trough Jerusalem in order to pander to the 'ultra-orthodox', whose fanaticism is akin to the muslim brand, and stems from the same source, the disordered imaginations of 'prophets' claiming to be the mouthpiece of Jehovah/Allah.
Fortunately for the rest of us the former are not given ...[text shortened]... co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7961486/Jerusalem-trains-to-be-divided-by-gender.html
You're reading this slightly wrong. Read the article a bit more closely.
CityPass CEO Yair Naveh said the light rail is designed to serve everyone, and he saw no reason why every third or fourth carriage shouldn't be a "kosher car" to serve the needs of the ultra-Orthodox community.
Nobody is segregated. Genders may be separated in one out of every 3 or 4 cars. Also, I'm not sure why you would assert that "Jewish women are segregated" when it is just as much the men who are segregated.
As for the buses, the "segregation" is entirely voluntary. My mother was in Jerusalem in May and sat where she wanted to and nobody said anything.
If you read the article, again, you'll see that it's voluntary:
There have been cases of women who refused to move to the back of these buses being verbally and even physically abused.
Yeah. There have been cases. It happens hundreds of times a day and a couple of times some idiot yelled at a woman. It is not a municipal rule or a bus company rule. It is the voluntary behavior of people who choose to behave that way.
I could just as easily say "There have been cases on New York buses where people accidentally brushed another passenger and were verbally and even physically abused."
I'm not going to sit here and tell you there's no "fanaticism" in the ultra-orthodox community. There is. The salient difference is that the ultra-orthodox believe in doing what they do voluntarily; not in forcing everyone else to behave like they do.