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Gender segregation on the rise in Israel

The AP reports from JERUSALEM:

Posters depicting women have become rare in the streets of Israel's capital. In some areas women have been shunted onto separate sidewalks, and buses and health clinics have been gender-segregated. The military has considered reassigning some female combat soldiers because religious men don't want to serve with them.

This is the new reality in parts of 21st-century Israel, where ultra-Orthodox rabbis are trying to contain the encroachment of secular values on their cloistered society through a fierce backlash against the mixing of the sexes in public. Continue reading.

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

A torn poster of a woman is seen in Jerusalem, Israel, on Nov. 7.

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man is reflected on a bus window in Jerusalem on Nov. 7.

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man walks past a vandalized poster showing a woman, in Jerusalem on Nov. 7.