Ultra-Orthodox Misogynists Commit Violence Over Pro-Equality Bus Ads

Ultra-Orthodox Misogynists Commit Violence Over Pro-Equality Bus Ads April 13, 2015

The ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel have struck again. Perpetually offended at the notion that women are human beings with equal rights because their mythical god doesn’t like vaginas, they slashed the tires and thrown rocks at buses carrying an ad for Women at the Wall, a group seeking equal rights for women to worship at the Wailing Wall.

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday.

The attack, which happened on Monday night in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood, underscores the still simmering tensions in Israel over religious extremists who want to separate the sexes in public spaces.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police units were dispatched to quell the violence in Mea Shearim where about 50 men slashed tires and pelted the buses with stones.

The ads were posted by the group Women of the Wall, which seeks to achieve gender equality at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. The advertisements showed girls and women wearing prayer shawls and holding a Torah scroll — rituals seen by many Orthodox Jews as reserved for men only.

So it turns out that Jewish misogynists are no better than Christian, Muslim or — yep — atheist ones.

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