Rally for their right, or challenging status quo?

31.12.2011                      05.Tewet. 5772                      Wajigasch

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Rally for their right, or challenging status quo?

While ultra-Orthodox extremism isn't new, it's backlash by mainstream that looks set to upset delicate balance of religious-secular relations.

It’s been an action-packed week in the city of Beit Shemesh. Residents have been arrested, a policeman injured and television camera crews attacked and pelted with stones, not to mention an eight-year-old girl who has now won the hearts of most Israelis after speaking out on national TV about her fear to walk through a certain neighborhood on her way to school.
This unlikely set of events was compounded Tuesday night by a mass rally drawing at least 1,000 people onto the streets to protest what is widely seen as attempts by some of Beit Shemesh’s more ultra-Orthodox residents to intimidate and impose their extreme views of modesty and immodest behavior on the majority….