For Fuchs' sake, what’s wrong with abusing a woman on a bus in Israel?

For Fuchs' sake, what’s wrong with abusing a woman on a bus in Israel? December 31, 2011

SHLOMO Fuchs is a puzzled man. The ultra-Orthodox Jew from Jerusalem cannot understand why he was taken into custody earlier this week for “exercising his right to freedom of expression”.
After all, all he did was to abuse a female soldier, calling her a “slut, slut, slut!” for not taking a back seat on a bus.

Shlomo Fuchs in court and the the female soldier, Doron Matalon he is accused of harrassing. Photos: Gil Yohanan (Fuchs) and Atta Awisat
Fuchs – a father of 12 – was arrested on Wednesday by the Jerusalem police for bad-mouthing Doron Matalon when she refused to sit at the back of an Egged bus travelling from the Neve Yaakov neighborhood to the Central Command base in Jerusalem.
Matalon said that after Fuchs called her a slut, he added:

You have no respect. You’re standing among yeshiva (religious college) students and it’s shameful.

Another female passenger who was approaching the front of the bus in order to pay the driver was told by Fuchs that:

A woman shouldn’t pass through the front of the bus to pay.

He then demanded she return to the back of the bus.
Fuchs’ attorney claimed his client’s behaviour did not constitute a criminal offense.

We live in a free country. We’re allowed to curse, it’s part of the freedom of expression.

A day later Fuchs was indicted for unruly behaviour and sexual harassment.
The indictment follows a warning issued by Israeli authorities saying they would not tolerate the exclusion of women from the public sphere or any acts of violence towards women.
State Prosecutor Moshe Lador stressed that:

The prosecution will work with the police to bring this radical phenomenon of haredi extremism to an end.

Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court released Fuchs under limiting conditions, forbidding him from using public transportation until the next hearing in his case, set for early January. The judge in the case said:

In light of this growing phenomenon of women’s exclusion and offending women who object their exclusion, I believe a dangerous cause exists here, because the aggravation of such a phenomenon endangers a democratic society when done forcibly.

The court also stated that sexual harassment does not only apply when the harasser demands something of sexual nature from the harassed, but also when the harassed is humiliated based on remarks relating to his or her sex. The judge ruled such was the case in this incident, since:

There is no dispute that Fuchs spoke bluntly and shouted harsh and humiliating words at the soldier aboard the bus, calling her a ‘slut’ three times.

In this report, Fuchs – a father of  insisted:

I am not a sexual offender. If anything – she harassed me. I wanted to move away and she kept moving closer.

He added:

Unpleasant remarks are heard every day in Israel, including some which may be considered humiliating, and most of them are based on a person’s sexuality. Those who curse are never put on trial.

And his attorney said that, if the court does decide this is a sexual harassment case, then any man who calls a woman a “bitch” or other curse words would be considered a sexual offender.
Meanwhile, according to this report, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has condemned as “intolerable barbarism” efforts by hardline ultra-Orthodox Jews to segregate the sexes in public places.
Lieberman added:

It is inconceivable for the state to continue financing those who defy it and for the ultra-Orthodox to continue receiving subsidies, such as free (religious) schooling for their children.

His comments came after Israel’s chief military rabbi, Brigadier General Rafi Peretz, sent officers a memorandum condemning as “immoral” a slew of recent acts of discrimination against women and pledging that such behaviour would not be tolerated in the armed forces. Peretz said:

Of late, there is a grave phenomenon of discrimination against women both outside the army and within it. I’m working to ensure that radical, wrong notions, such as those which inspired the events in Beit Shemesh, will not permeate the army.

Beit Shemesh, a town of 80,000 near Jerusalem, has witnessed a string of clashes between ultra-Orthodox activists and other residents.

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  • remigius

    re the photo caption…
    If I can guess which of those two men is Shlomo Fuchs do I get a prize?

  • Angela_K

    So abusing a woman who doesn’t share your misogynist views is “exercising his right to freedom of expression”. This moron has 12 brats – how selfish, destroying the world by over-population.

  • AngieRS

    Priceless. I have a friend who is a Jewess and she fought against the Egyptians during the six day war. The barrel got so hot it burnt her hands and it’s the freedom that she fought for along with other women that this arsehole abuses. I doubt he would have been quite so gobby had he needed that soldier to defend him from an attack.

  • Bubblecar

    Shlomo Fuchs?! HAHAHAHAHAHA 🙂
    Happy New Year to all the unbelievers 🙂

  • tony e

    Fuchs is actually a lucky man. The Israeli soldiers are exceptionally well trained and I have little doubt that Matalon could have easily punched his lights out.
    Given the history of his people you would think that harassment of another jew would be the last thing he would do, but that’s religion for you – defeating common sense on a daily basis.

  • Don

    Unforunately, misogynistic abuse of women who are deemed to be out of line is not limited to religious nutters. It’s a serious problem on some skeptical sites too.

  • Har Davids

    It would have been great had the girl knocked the guy out, shame she didn’t do just that. “A man must take care not to walk between two women or between two dogs or two pigs, and men should also not allow a woman or a dog or a pig to walk between them.” is what Mr. Fuchs & Co. genuinely believe, so the battle isn’t over yet. And with the pious having 12 kids or more, it hasn’t even begun.

  • ZombieHunter

    “Shlomo Fuchs”?? 😛
    It seems that all the religions are now in some sort of pissing match to outdo each other in being offended or being zealots just to show they love their celestial dictatorship more than the other lot and to be honest I can only see this getting worse over the year since it’s been building up a lot over the last few years.

  • asquith

    Does Schlomo Fuchs have a job?

  • Bubblecar

    “Does Schlomo Fuchs have a job?”
    He’s an actor/stuntman. He does shlo motion scenes in porn movies.

  • stargraves

    The arrogance in his face says it all; what an appalling failure of a man this fucher is.
    Not just how jawdropping is his massive ignorance, but his having 12 children, refusing to work for a living, and spending his life being a stupid looking asshole, and reading a shit book over and over again.
    Pathetic, snivelling excuse for humanity. What an utter waste of good oxygen.
    The soldier is pretty impressive though, and her self-restraint is admirable!

  • Broga

    This nutters 12 kids must be suffering child abuse. Should they be left in the custody of this brute?

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    “It is inconceivable for the state to continue financing those who defy it and for the ultra-Orthodox to continue receiving subsidies, such as free (religious) schooling for their children.”
    Let’s hope they carry on as they are then, they’ll be forced to find real work instead of being parasites.

  • stargraves…you nailed that dude. I probably should weep, but I can’t help but LMAO when I see these ignorant fools.

  • john c

    Lets hope the state stops financing these fools.

  • MrMonist

    “Lets hope the state stops financing these fools.”
    Let’s hope but alas Israel demonstrates the inherent weaknesses of pure 1st past the post electoral systems. These fuckers are kingmakers over there and any government needs their vote.
    There was a time in the early 00s where the secular party Shinui (Change) were the de facto ‘kingmakers’ but alas that was short lived and they don’t exist anymore.
    Still it’s pleasantly surprising that even fascistic, racist thugs like Lieberman are speaking out against these bnei sharmutot (SOBs).
    If I were a Palestinian I would light up a hookah and sit back and relax as these c**** will destroy Israel long before any Arabs or Iranians will…

  • Pogonip

    This is just another religious fundamentalist. They’re all fanatics, regardless of the flavor of religion they favor. There’s no real difference between fundamentalist nuts of Jewish, Christian, or Muslim faith, and quite possibly, other religions with which I am not so familiar. Cavemen in modern dress.

  • Tom

    I have only one question – is Isreal the carbuncle on the arsehole of the planet or what!!

  • Daz

    Nothing to add to the story, that others haven’t said already. Happy new year to all, though.
    I now have to try to drink a Royal Marine under the table. There were three of us, but the Royal Navy failed miserably and passed out about half an hour ago.
    Wish me luck. Glenfiddich time…

  • AngieRS

    Yeah, good luck with that, Daz 😀

  • chrsbol

    @Daz.
    The reason the RN failed is because it’s all tit,twist and transistor now. Not like the good ol’days when it was rum,bum and baccy.Another likeness to the softie attitude was Jukebox,jive and jelly babies.What am I wittering on about? Happy new year to all.

  • tony e

    Happy new year to all on this site.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Happy new year to you all. Keep us updated Daz.

  • Daz

    Graham Martin-Royle
    All I can say 24 hrs later is … ugh!

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  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Lol. But did you drink him under the table? That’s not a feat I can do, I have virtually no tolerance for booze. It’s often been said of me, 1 drink and I’m anybody’s, 2 drinks and I’m everybody’s, -lol-.

  • Daz

    Graham Martin-Royle
    I think we could call it a score-draw.
    I’m okay with beer (‘cept Newcastle Brown Ale, which I learned early on makes me argumentative as all hell) and grain-based shorts. Anything fruit-based and I’m out like a light. Bit of an embarrassment that, coming from cider country as I do.