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Israelis protest over calls for segregation by ultra-Orthodox Jews

28 December 2011 Last updated at 03:29 GMT

Several thousand Israelis have demonstrated in the town of Beit Shemesh against the behaviour of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who want to enforce segregation between men and women.

The town has been at the centre of controversy in Israel since some ultra-Orthodox men harassed and spat at an eight-year-old girl on her way to school, accusing her of failing to dress modestly.

The Israeli president has said a minority in Israel is acting outrageously and violating national solidarity.

Jon Donnison reports.