"Khameinei can't hold a candle to us here in Jerusalem," Meretz Councilman Yosef (Pepe) Alalo told Ynet. "It is unacceptable that a public event funded by taxpayers' money be so offensive towards women."
Alalo also directed his ire at the kosher bus lines and the segregation on haredi neighborhood streets and in stores. "The municipality must respect the public and cancel the segregation," he said.
But Jerusalem Municipality responded by saying the event's guest of honor, haredi singer Yakov Shwekey, had demanded that the show be segregated. "The producers responded to his demand to hold the event with separate seating," a municipality statement said.
Earlier Sunday Justice Elyakim Rubinstein said the High Court of Justice would most likely refrain from banning gender segregation on haredi bus routes, and would accept the Transport Ministry's recommendation to make the separation between sexes voluntary rather than compulsory.
In line with the recommendation, Transportation Ministry officers will monitor buses serving the ultra-Orthodox population to make sure that no violence against female passengers takes place.
"Our tendency is to go with the conclusions that the Transportation Minister has adopted," Rubinstein said. "We are aware that there are reservations, but in our opinion the conclusions are balanced."
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