Friday, August 31, 2012
Haredi men verbally assault young woman on public bus
"I was reading a newspaper and the man, a very old man with white hair, began ordering me to go to the back," Karazi said. "He said that according to the Halacha [Jewish law] women must sit at the back and called me a 'shiksa' [a derogatory term for non-Jewish women], 'holera' [literally 'cholera,' or vile] and 'dirty.'"
Karazi updated her Facebook page as the incident unfolded. "An old haredi man ordered me to move to the back," she wrote. "When I replied that I wasn't interested in doing that, I was shouted, cursed and spat at. I said to myself 'dear God, it's Israel in 2012, is this what you meant in your Torah?'"
In the continuation of her real-time update, Karazi wrote, "I stayed at the front of the bus until the end of my ride. The curses became more obscene throughout the incident. The spitting also got worse. The driver said he couldn't intervene, so I just sat there and remained silent the entire trip."