Several Thousand Attend Rally for Mehadrin Buses


bus-rally-smallSeveral thousand Yidden gathered yesterday at the atzeres tefillah and rally in Yerushalayim to bring attention to the need for the Egged bus company to introduce more Mehadrin – segregated – buses for chareidim in the capital (as reported here).
Unfortunately, later in the evening, some individual protestors threw stones at four buses and a number of private vehicles in Meah Shearim.No injuries were reported, but the vehicles sustained damage. Two garbage cans were also torched.

At the rally in front of Zvhill, which was held under the slogan “Traveling the right way,” Tehillim was said and leaflets were distributed addressing the importance of the struggle for separate buses in more neighborhoods.

At the atzeres tefillah.
At the atzeres tefillah.

The rally was also attended by two Egged drivers wearing their uniforms. The two said they support the struggle, but added that it was the Transportation Ministry which was blocking the introduction of more segregated buses, while waiting for the High Court to rule on the matter.

At the beginning of the rally, dozens of secular and religious protestors demonstrated at the site, carrying signs reading “Don’t turn Israel into Iran” and “Give us unsegregated transportation.” At one point, police ordered the secular-religious group to stay away from the area and held two female protestors for questioning.

Municipal official Rachel Azaria, who protested against the segregated bus lines, said: As a religious woman, I came to make sure that the public space remains pleasant for everyone. As one who grew up in Yerushalayim and has no intention of leaving it, I care about what this city is like.”

“The Orthodox are very good at pressing Egged and when it introduces new segregated lines, the service in the regular lines is undermined,” she said. “I don’t force anyone to sit next to me on the bus, and everyone can decide on

Secular protestors at the event.
Secular protestors at the event.

their own segregation and who they wish to sit next to. Yet nobody should decide for us how to travel on buses.”

{Yair Israel}