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Haredi rioters stone buses
Stones hurled at non-segregated buses; elsewhere, haredi detained for cursing woman

Clash of civilizations: Two haredi men were detained in Beit Shemesh Thursday evening on suspicion of hurling stones at non-segregated buses and hurting a police officer.


The ultra-Orthodox men were protesting the detention of their friends in recent days.


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The incident began after haredim hurled stones at buses that do not offer segregation between males and females. A police force called to the scene dispersed the rioters and detained two suspects.


A police officer sustained light shoulder wounds during the arrest.


Meanwhile, a haredi man was detained in Jerusalem after cursing at a secular woman walking in the ultra-Orthodox Meah Shearim neighborhood. The man referred to the woman as a "whore" and a "shiksa."


A Jerusalem police force on an undercover patrol in the area witnessed the incident and detained the suspect. During the arrest, a stone was hurled at a police cruiser at the site and damaged it. The suspect was taken in for interrogation.


Last week, an indictment was filed against Jerusalem resident Shlomo Fuchs, 44, an ultra-Orthodox man who hurled sexist slurs at a female soldier on a bus in the capital. Police officials said Fuchs' behavior was unruly, and that he sexually harassed the soldier, Doron Matalon, by humiliating her and making sexual remarks.


Fuchs later told Ynet that the female soldier acted provocatively and had intervened in an argument between him and another woman who stood near the "men-only" section of the bus.




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