A group of ultra-orthodox Ramat Beit Shemesh residents show up every day in order to block Superbus’ Line 16 that passes through the Heftziba neighborhood. They purposefully disrupt the bus line because they do not want a bus with mixed-gender seating driving through their neighborhood.

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Every day, the drivers and passengers on Beit Shemesh’s Line 16 bus experience a new surprise on the Heftziba neighborhood street in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel. Several residents from the city’s ultra-orthodox population have been protesting the fact that the bus that passes through their neighborhood does not have separate seating for men and women. Their protests have been going on for a while now as the residents fill the street, standing strong in front of the bus that should be driving by on its normal schedule.

Aside from standing and preventing the bus from continuing on its path, other passengers and drivers have reported several incidents of ultra-orthodox protestors throwing rocks at the bus windows and threatening the lives of the passengers. “It’s simply ridiculous. They do whatever they want: They riot, break glass, throw rocks and slash tires,” said B, a Superbus driver. “Is this what the Torah teaches them? To kill Jews? One of the drivers was even injured from the glass. It’s only a matter of time before one of the buses flips and people are killed.”