Ruth Colian and Noa Erez, candidates running for Knesset on the slate of the all-female haredi B'Zechutan Party, tried to campaign in the über haredi area of the town of Beit Shemesh. Here's a brief video showing how that worked out.
Above: Noa Erez. left, and B'Zechutan's founder Ruth Colian, right
Updated 12:12 pm CDT
The AFP reports:
…[B’Zechutan’s founder, 33-year-old mother-of four and law student Ruth] Colian and her deputy Noa Erez brought their campaign to Beit Shemesh, a city of 94,000 located 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Jerusalem, where 55 percent of the population are ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim.
In recent years, the city has hit the headlines after a series of verbal and physical attacks on women over "modesty" issues.
As night falls, the streets are largely empty, with only a handful of traditionally dressed men in black milling around the local synagogue.
On the pavement outside is a large [illegal] sign in Hebrew that reads: "Women are requested to avoid walking or standing on this pavement which is used for those coming to the synagogue."
"Whores!" someone hisses in Yiddish at Colian and Erez.
From out of nowhere, a bag filled with water explodes on the road next to them as they try to talk to a lone woman in a headscarf.
"You don't represent us... don't come here making problems," she scolds, trying to shoo them away.…
"A woman should be at home, not wandering around the streets. It's not modest," shouts a man from a passing car.…