Extremist Jews prevent women from voting in Israel

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 2:27 PM
Extremist Jews prevent women from voting in Israel

A small group of ultra-Orthodox Jews has prevented some women from voting in local elections in Jerusalem. It's the latest step by the extremely pious Jews to try to force their practices on others.

Israel's Channel 2 TV video showed the men screaming at a few dozen women, demanding that they leave a voting station Wednesday. Then the men pushed them away.

The incident happened soon after Jerusalem's secular mayor, Nir Barkat, left the station after speaking out against gender discrimination.

Recently Israel's ultra-Orthodox minority have become more active in trying to impose gender segregation beyond their communities. Women have been forced to the back of some buses that serve their neighborhoods.

The vast majority of Israel's Jews object to such measures.