Mehadrin Busses Continue…For Now


mehadrin-busChareidi groups announced today they would continue to run a Mehadrin bus route, separate for men and women, in Yerushalayim. The announcement came despite efforts by the Transportation Ministry to prevent the operation of the publicly-funded bus route that runs from chareidi neighborhoods in Yerushalayim to the Kosel. The Rabbinic Committee for Transportation Affairs began operating the route on Thursday, but the ministry had threatened the companies that ran the buses.For its part, sources in the ministry were quoted by Israel Radio as saying action on the matter was pending a High Court decision, and that a joint committee with chareidi members is also examining the issue.

The High Court of Justice in January told the ministry to look into problems on the bus routes, following the petition of the religious author Naomi Ragen and the Religious Action Center.

The petition was submitted after a number of female passengers claimed they were humiliated and even attacked for not using seats reserved for women at the back the buses, or because of their clothing.

Justices Elyakim Rubinstein, Salim Joubran and Yoram Danziger stopped short of ordering bus companies to stop the Mehadrin lines but asked the Transportation Ministry to form a committee within 30 days to study the problems and recommend changes.

{Yair Israel/Kol Yisroel/Haaretz}