02.01.2012 07.Tewet. 5772
Activists board bus lines in J'lem to protest gender segregation; "They’re doing it just for the provocation,” haredi woman says.
As the number 56 bus bounces along through Jerusalem from Mea She’arim to Ramat Shlomo, a metal hole-puncher bangs against a yellow pole next to the middle door. The hole puncher is a reminder of bygone days, when women used to be able to board towards the back of the bus and punch their own paper ticket, so as to avoid passing through the first car, which is often crowded with men.
After Jerusalem switched over to the Rav Kav electronic tickets on November 1, that practice ended. But the separation on Line 56 remains: Men in the front, women in the back….