Women Told Not To Walk On Main Road In Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem Town

Women in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood are told to not use main roads during the religious holiday of Sukkot.

Posters placed in an ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood have reportedly asked women to avoid the main street during the intermediate days of the religious holiday of Sukkot. 

Females in Mea Sharim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, are urged to use side streets and avoid main roads during Sukkot, a seven-day religious festivity also known as the “Feast of Tabernacles.” 

A High Court of Justice banned the use of partitions on public streets six years ago but this does not stop the people behind the posters who are keen to ensure separation during Sukkot.

"And a special request to the women — residents of the area as well as passersby — try to minimize as much as possible crossings of the main street of Mea Shearim in Chol Hamoed night times," the posters say, according to Ynet News.

"Only go through side streets, and in general minimize visits in the (Mea Shearim) neighborhood in those hours." 

Hiddush, an organization that campaigns for religious freedom and equality, sent an inquiry to Jerusalem municipality’s legal council that says:   

"It cannot be that in the main street of a city, even in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, women will find themselves outcast from the public square."

The municipality reportedly responded to the inquiry by saying that the issue would be taken care of in accordance with the law. 

Some Orthodox Jews believe women are forbidden to hold jobs, while others negate this belief saying that women have equal rights but their most important and spiritual duty is of being a wife and a mother.

Yet the women of Mea Sharim are segregated and advised to avoid main roads during Sukkot.  

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Ammar Awad 

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