Monday, September 15, 2008

Jewish Morality Squads

In the neighborhoods dominated by the Haredim, streets are sealed off for the Jewish day of rest and satellite dishes are considered a sign of heresy. The ultra-Orthodox Jews have also led violent protests against swimming pools, cinemas and other establishments they consider immoral. Police have recently detained a man accused of torching a store for selling what some residents considered "immoral" clothing.

Failing to segregate the sexes is also unacceptable according to the Haredi rules. They operate scores of gender-segregated bus routes whose buses move the ultra-Orthodox between Jerusalem neighborhoods. In 2006, a 50-year-old American tourist on holiday was attacked because she refused to go to the back of a bus along with other women.

Well, well..., Now, what were they saying about the Saudi religious police??

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