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Jerusalem Light Rail plans to segregate Trains along gender lines

Jerusalem rail firm planning to segregate carriages along gender lines Pressure from city’s ultra-orthodox Jews has already led to some bus lines confining women to the rear of vehicles

Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem guardian.co.uk The company building a light railway across Jerusalem is considering segregating some carriages along gender lines to serve the city’s ultra-orthodox Jewish population.

The railway, which is due to be operational next spring, could have separate compartments for men and women, Yair Naveh, the chief executive of CityPass, said today.

“The train was built to serve everyone,” he said. “It is not a problem to declare every third or fourth car a mehadrin [kosher] car.”

The suggestion was swiftly condemned by Jerusalem city councillor Rachel Azariya, who said: “Naveh was appointed to run a project – that doesn’t mean that he can tell people where to sit and where not to sit, nor does it mean that he knows anything about values and democracy.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/23/jerusalem-segregated-train-carriages

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