Israel: Provocative bus trips and slutty seven-year-olds

The Jerusalem police on Wednesday arrested Fuchs for calling Doron Matalon, the female soldier, a “slut” after she refused to sit at the back of an Egged bus travelling from the Neve Yaakov neighborhood to the Central Command base in Jerusalem.

So sitting at the front of a bus is “slutty”. Who knew?

Matalon added that Fuchs yelled: “Slut, slut, slut. You have no respect. You’re standing among yeshiva students and it’s shameful.”

Well, as ‘Tis Himself, OM put it,

If the yeshiva students don’t want to sit with a woman then they can get off the bus and walk.

Of course, this is far from an isolated incident. (Trigger warnings for misogyny and violence against a child in the news video below.)

Yes, a seven-year-old girl is constantly attacked on her way to school for being “immodestly dressed”. Here’s a tip: if the way a seven-year-old is dressed is causing you to have lustful thoughts, you’re the one with the problem. I couldn’t get through more than a few seconds of that video at a time. I had to keep pausing it and taking deep breaths. I have rarely had more desire to punch someone in the face. Several someones, actually.

*breathe*

It’s so disgusting that grown men consider it their “religious duty” or some such fucking nonsense to bully and threaten a little girl, call her a slut, and spit on her.

Ophelia Benson.

Yes, it’s the Jewish Taliban. And these people are subsidised by the Israeli state. More, they’re exempt from military service. They’re taking over.

It does seem, though, that wider Israeli society is becoming aware of the dangers posed by these extremists. Thousands attended a protest against the Haredi attempts to exclude women from society. (Incidentally, I rather like that photo they have from the protest, of two boys who’ve covered their faces with tape. It’s a very good photo and a they’re making their statement well. But I’m not sure that, in an article on violence against women, showing boys in the first photo is the best option. You have to click through the slideshow to see that there were also plenty of women at the protest.)

TRiG.

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