Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

October 21, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attacked buses with ads promoting female worship at a Jerusalem holy site.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Tuesday that the incident happened the previous night, when about 50 men slashed tires and pelted the buses with stones in Mea Shearim, a religious neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The ads are from the Women of the Wall group, which promotes gender equality at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. They show women and girls holding Torah scrolls — an act many Orthodox Jews believe is reserved for men.

In Monday’s incident, the extremists also spray-painted the words “end the obscene pictures” on a bus. Religious extremists have faced criticism for their efforts to separate women and men in public places.

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