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Marchers Protest Jerusalem Neighborhood’s Gender Separation

Marchers Protest Jerusalem Neighborhood’s Gender Separation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Protesters marched in Mea Shearim, a day after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that men and women cannot be segregated on its main street.

The demonstrators marched Wednesday in the fervently religious neighborhood of Jerusalem to protest gender separation on public streets of the city.

The court on Tuesday approved the march over Jerusalem police objections, but ordered the route altered so that the march did not end at the central Shabbat Square.

Barriers to separate the sexes in the neighborhood were also removed on Tuesday, according to reports.

The protesters were made up mostly of Meretz party supporters and university students, according to Haaretz.

The marchers carried signed reading "Jerusalem is not Tehran" and "A woman does not need to hide herself."

Men and women have been separated annually for several years by special barriers during the Sukkot holiday.

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