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January 09, 2013

Haredi Bus Passengers Allegedly Harass, Hound And Spit On Woman

Miri Bleicher closeup"The bus arrived but the driver didn't open the front door, it then pulled away and stopped. I chased after it, it pulled away again and then stopped, until the driver eventually opened the door. When I got on the bus, I found myself in another world. In the front, four haredim were standing and inspecting me in a hostile manner. The driver promised them that after I paid I would [exit the bus through the front door and re-] enter through the backdoor.” When Miri Bleicher did not do that, she found herself in a bus full of trouble.

Miri Bleicher
Miri Bleicher

Haredi Bus Passengers Harass, Hound And Spit On Woman
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

All she wanted to do was go home.

Miri Bleicher, 22-year-old Israeli woman, spent the weekend with friends in Jerusalem. Saturday night she tried to take a bus back to the southern Israel town of Arad, where she works with Jewish students from the Diaspora who are visiting Israel.

But instead of the quiet bus ride she was expecting, Ynet reports that Bleicher says she was spit on, called names, and humiliated.

And has been all too common in Israel, no one in charge – not police, not the bus company, and certainly not the government that charters that bus company – is doing anything about it.

Bleicher tried to take Egged’s 555 bus to Arad as any other passenger would board any public bus in Israel.

But Egged’s driver allegedly tried to keep her off the bus.

"The bus arrived but the driver didn't open the front door, it then pulled away and stopped. I chased after it, it pulled away again and then stopped, until the driver eventually opened the door.

"When I got on the bus, I found myself in another world. In the front, four haredim were standing and inspecting me in a hostile manner. The driver promised them that after I paid I would [exit the bus through the front door and re-] enter through the backdoor,” Bleicher told Yedioth Achranot.

She realized that the driver and the haredim expected her to sit in the back of the bus that filled with haredi women, babies and strollers.

Bleicher refused to re-enter through the back door. Instead, she tried to walk past the haredi men occupying the front of the bus and find a seat. The haredim insulted her as she passed, using slurs like “shiksa,” a derogatory term for a non-Jewish woman.

Frightened and hoping to avoid further confrontation, she decided to sit in back with the haredi women.

"It was crowded because of all of the baby strollers; there was noise and babies were crying, so at one point I decided to stand up. The back was full of strollers so I stood in the middle of the bus, between the men and the women,” Bleicher said.

When she did so, haredi men sitting nearby made vomiting sounds and called her a "nuisance."

One of those haredi men approached her and screamed, "You're not respecting my rights!”

Bleicher was paralyzed with fear.

Shortly after the haredi man finished screaming at her haredi women began to harass and humiliate Bleicher.

“They told me I wasn't Jewish and that I was trying to spite them. I was insulted [by them] the entire way and was in tears. No one helped me,” she said.

Bleicher says the insults and harassment lasted for an hour and a half, until the bus arrived in Arad. As she was about to disembark, one of the haredim spat on her.

"I was shocked. I couldn't believe this could happen in my country,” she said.

Through its spokesperson, Egged insisted that its driver had done no wrong, and the Bleicher was partially at fault for what happened to her.

"The driver welcomed the passenger in the appropriate manner and his behavior was without fault. She didn't seek out his help and he didn't notice what was going on between her and the passengers.

"Had she approached him he would have immediately stopped the harassment and might have even called the police,” the Egged spokesman said.

Israel Hofshit, a movement promoting freedom of and from religion, noted that despite High Court of Justice rulings ending gender segregated buses and against forced gender segregation by haredim in public spaces like city sidewalks, the practice continues unabated.

"We have been fighting women's exclusion for three years,” a spokesperson for the group said. “Sadly, despite the High Court's rulings, we still get complaints of humiliation on [public] buses.”

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If true, and not embellished, it's disgusting.

There is a certain breed of Charedim who (enjoy?) imposing their views on others in the most aggressive manner possible, be it on planes, buses etc.

It's about time they were punished for their disgusting behavior.

she went back for a photo shoot? why does she look so scared in the picture? did ynetnews take a picture on the day it happened or is this a fake story with a professional photo shoot to make it look real?

Not to say this doesn't happen or that i support this behavior. It's just that this story sounds really fake.

she went back for a photo shoot? why does she look so scared in the picture? did ynetnews take a picture on the day it happened or is this a fake story with a professional photo shoot to make it look real?

Posted by: YTHM | January 09, 2013 at 06:33 AM

Not to say this doesn't happen or that i support this behavior. It's just that this story sounds really fake.

Posted by: YTHM | January 09, 2013 at 06:34 AM

What makes you think she went back?

She's standing at a bus stop that could be almost anywhere.

And I realize you're a rocket scientist, but it's normal to shoot what's called B-roll, background video or photos to use to illustrate a video news or print new report.

The picture don't try to recreate the harassment or deceive anyone, and no claims are made for the picture other than that it is of her. It's just B-roll of her standing at a bust stop.

The reason it looks "really fake" to you is that you are reading far more into the picture than anyone claims is there.

Why are Jews allowing these pagan "charedi" imposters to behave in ways contrary to Halacha?

If they can't handle being on the same bus as a woman or her walking past them they should get off the bus and walk.

Israel would be far better of to pay both the Arabs and the Charedim to leave for some place they would be appreciated like Iran.

Something is missing from the story. If the bus was not an all male bus and did indeed have women on the bus why, for example, did the bus not want to initially pick her up? If she was in back area where the other women were did both the men and women on the bus harass her?

This is the future of Israel and it isn't pretty. The Haredim tried to impose gender segregation on the B110 bus in Brooklyn and the city slapped them down. In Israel the Jewish homeland it goes unpunished. Why would anyone, especially a woman, from a Western country make aliyah to a so-called Jewish homeland where this behavior is not uncommon? Too bad she didn't Mace the spitter. Would have served him right.

"The driver welcomed the passenger in the appropriate manner and his behavior was without fault. She didn't seek out his help and he didn't notice what was going on between her and the passengers.


that's pretty scary.

Jacob read the article woman got into it too

Israel is morphing into india where 6 guys raped and killed a girl,theese chareidim are regressing into a primitive state where man become animals,oh well they look like animals already with their hairy long beards payes hanging the animal fur the shtreimel they just need 2 horns now to become a complete beast.

If the story is true,I feel sorry for her, but why didn't she call the police from the bus? Who would let themselves get verbally abused like that? She should have atleast sought the help of the bus driver.

She should have known better, and I'm sure she wasn't crying all the way home - she was most likely mouthing off at the crowd. Spit on? She should have been waterboarded in Haredi saliva!

Charedim should wake up and realize that not everybody entering their domain know or understand their customs. This woman will never become religious or respect religious people after her experience.

As a religious woman, I distance myself from these charedim. However, it becomes more difficult as today more and more frum people align themselves with this foreign mentality.

i will spit back at them. spray mace at them or even better , carry a gun and shoot them in the leg .

are guns legal in israel ?

next time i'll go to israel, i'll take my gin with me . i will inform the custom about the gun . that's ok if they don't let me carry it with me on the plane . they can have it during the flight , as long as they give it back to me on my way out.

and i'll tell them why i need that gun , for protection, bc i'll need to go through haredi neighborhood and public buses full of haredi , that are violent , as violent as thugs of the south bronx .

i'm sure the authorities understand and let me have my gun with me for protection .

Why don't a group of women arm themselves with pepper spray and board the bus? These animals are bullies and that's how they have to be dealt with.

++Shmarya 6:55am++

"...bust stop..."

The B110 is still segregated. Don't kid yourselves.
Still waiting for Mashiach to come down and give these so-called "holy men" a swift kick in the future generations.

At present there are 83 comments from readers of Ynet that are supportive of the young woman, so it is quite clear that the vast majority of Israelis abhor such behaviour. It's quite simple really. Any person who believes they are being unfairly targeted who rides public transport in the State of Israel should be able to contact the driver or inspector on the bus/tram-light rail/train. The driver then should have the power to evict the offenders or call for back up from the police if things escalate. Riding public transport should be as comfortable and safe as possible. People need to co-operate and share the space to enjoy the ride. Sounds like a metaphor for the Holy Land...


She should have known better, and I'm sure she wasn't crying all the way home - she was most likely mouthing off at the crowd. Spit on? She should have been waterboarded in Haredi saliva!

Posted by: Yoisel | January 09, 2013 at 08:28 AM


You should be horsewhiped and annaly filled with an un kosher cut 0 pigs like you are the reason so many hate the chassids - it is not your bs modestly it is your hatred of womrn

"you're not respecting my rights!"
Oooh, for a second, I thought segregation and harassment violated human rights. How silly of me

There are none so blind as those that cannot see. All those posters on this website that disbelieve this women are missing the point. The clownish, boorish, disgusting and disgraceful behavior of the Haredim are only one example of the huge cultural war that is taking place in Israel. If the Haredim win out, and they just might over time due to their high birth rates, Israel is doomed. WAKE UP PEOPLE OF Israel!

A single woman who wanted to ride home on a public bus...what was she thinking?
On the bright side for the Muslim world, this makes Tehran or Riyadh appear to be beacons of respect towards women...

Maybe a really good butt kicking would stop this frummie nonsense.

Adam Neira You are telling us what we know already , go tell this to theese animals who think they live in the jungle dont tell it to us

Yoisel-You are deeply deranged go get help di farrikte putz.

probably the ultraorthodox have no concept how to talk to a hot girl so when they see one they internally combust.

probably the ultraorthodox have no concept how to talk to a hot girl so when they see one they internally combust.

Totally! And women were jealous.

"Israel Apartheid" is just Palestinian propaganda until the Haredim come along. How disgraceful they behave on trans boats and planes. It's almost an art form with them. And they do it so well, even unwashed.
They should be banned by Egged to hire buses of their own, and for all I care they can build sukkas inside them.
Yeshivas were supposed to reach Torah im Derech Eretz. I blame the Haredi teachers and later roshey yeshiva for the never ending chillul Shem shamayim which they spawn in their classrooms and halls of learning. We live among goyim, supposed to spread the light and show a good example. And these individuals spoil it for us all. And all in the name of Torah. This is not Torah. And far less so than the Koran is a licence to kill thousands of innocents daily.

In all these comments i'm not getting the vibe that the MEN here would intervene to punish/stop these guys. Why not?

This is really disappointing to hear. I remember reading a similar story like this about a charter bus station in Denver a couple years ago. People can be so ridiculous.

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