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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 08:53 PM
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Gender-segregated light rail in Jerusalem?
from Haaretz:



Maj. Gen. (res. ) Yair Naveh, CEO of the CityPass consortium that operates Jerusalem's light rail system, has proposed allocating sex-segregated cars for ultra-Orthodox passengers. His proposal is astounding and exceeds his authority as director of a franchisee that provides public transportation services.

"The train was built to serve everyone," Naveh said in defense of his proposal, adding, "I think it is necessary to create alternatives for everyone." In his view, "It is not a problem to declare every third or fourth car a mehadrin car."

The train is indeed intended for everyone, but the significance of Naveh's statement is the diametric opposite. Precisely because the light rail is a public service for the whole population, its passengers must not be forced to adapt themselves to the practices of one particular community.

Public transportation systems - trains, subways, elevated trains, buses, trolleys and planes - run all over the world without adapting to special needs (except, of course, the needs of people with disabilities, a matter that still needs considerable improvement in Israel ). Ever since segregation was banned on buses in the southern United States, it has not occurred to anyone in the free world to demand that transportation be segregated by race or religious creed.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn or London, who strictly separate the sexes in their own communities, ride ordinary public transportation. If they are not interested in sitting in mixed company, they arrange this for themselves without imposing on other passengers. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-religi...




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nemo137 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 08:58 PM
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1. Israel and the US, both "families with the wrong members in charge"
to quote Orwell's phrase.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 09:34 PM
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2. If religious freedom ever gets to this I'm gonna freak out.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 09:40 PM
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3. Being religiously insane is a disability..
So really this is just catering to people with a particular disability.

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