JERUSALEM (JTA) – Police arrested two secular Jewish teenagers hired to implement gender segregation on Jerusalem buses.
The teens, ages 16 and 17, reportedly stood at a bus stop near the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday and used a megaphone to call for women to board the buses leaving from the Western Wall through the back door.
They said they were hired by two ultra-Orthodox men and were paid nearly $7 an hour for their efforts. Two haredi Orthodox men were later arrested by police.
Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that, while enforced gender segregation on public buses is illegal, voluntary gender segregation is permissible on public bus routes.
On Monday, the number of people visiting the Western Wall was higher than usual due to the Passover holiday.