Israeli Woman Draws Rosa Parks Link After Refusing to Give Up Bus Seat to Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Man
A Israeli woman is being compared to U.S. civil rights activist Rosa Parks after refusing to bow to ultra-Orthodox Jewish customs and relinquish her seat on a public bus to a man. Tanya Rosenblit took a Jerusalem-bound bus from her native Ashdod recently when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man demanded she move to the back of the bus. In ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, mingling between sexes is forbidden, and women are relegated to the back of buses when men are present. Rosenblit refused the order, which led to an argument. The bus driver then pulled the bus over, and the police were called, but Rosenblit maintained her position. The bus carried on to its final destination. The act of defiance has sparked a national discussion in Israel on the issue of gender segregation. On Monday, the disagreement turned violent when ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh clashed with police. Hundreds of men in the ultra-Orthodox community took part in the unrest. Members of local news crews were reportedly hurt in the clashes, and at least six Beit Shemesh residents were arrested. An estimated 10,000 people are expected to turn out in the community today to protest the exclusion of women, as well as violence against girls and women by Haredi extremists.
Pope Benedict is heading to Cuba today, where he is expected to celebrate mass in Santiago, a city considered the cradle of the Cuban revolution. Over the weekend, the Pope wrapped up a trip to Mexico where some protesters criticized the Catholic Church’s stance on women’s issues and reproductive rights.
Yara, Mexican rights activist: "The Catholic Church has millions and millions of dollars in their bags, and they get richer every day with a false sense of morality, and they’re very clerical. They accuse women who have abortions, and they tolerate priests who rape and commit acts of pedophilia. In reality, they are very hypocritical. I am completely against someone else deciding what I do with my body. We are here to demand our right to choose."
The House has passed a Republican-backed version of a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a sweeping law that aids victims of domestic violence. But critics say the House version excludes protections for Native American and LGBT victims passed by the Senate and rolls back existing protections for immigrant women. The White House has threatened to veto the House version, saying it undermines the law’s core purpose.
WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE!!! F*** THE PATRIARCHAL ILLUMINATI!!!
Reproductive rights advocates are condemning the actions of airline employees who barred a woman from her flight and demanded she change her T-shirt because it bore a pro-choice message they deemed offensive. The shirt read, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d [expletive] a senator.” It was the same message on a sign held by Oklahoma State Senator Judy McIntyre at a rally in March. The woman, who has not been identified publicly, told the website RH Reality Check she was approached by an American Airlines flight attendant before landing and told the shirt was offensive and she would need to speak to the captain. The captain then told her she would have to change her shirt before boarding her connecting flight. The woman was forced to miss her connection and then allowed to board a later flight after covering her shirt with a shawl. Nearly 4,000 people have signed an online petition calling for American Airlines to apologize.