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Israeli bus protests 12 Feb 2007
In 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, in an attempt to end racial segregation in the United States. Today, Israeli women are fighting for the same right – but this time they are facing voluntary segregation by ultra-orthodox men who don't want women to sit at the front of some of the country’s buses. Five women, including Naomi Ragen, an Orthodox novelist, have petitioned Israel's Supreme Court to stop leading bus companies from allowing these practices to take place on their urban and inter-city routes.

Martha talks to Mark Weiss, a journalist from Israeli radio about the protest, the future for these forms of segregation and how this reflects upon an ultra–orthodox community that is becoming increasingly conservative.
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