This story begins with a petition to the High Court of Justice by a number of organizations, including one called Yerushalmim. The organization is seeking to compel Egged to accept bus ads that show women, ads that have been banned by Egged in Jerusalem due to the vandalism that has resulted from such adverts in the past along with objections from the chareidi tzibur.
In its response to the petition, the treasury informed the High Court of Justice that it would act as an insurance company to compensate Egged and its advert arm Canaan in the event such ads are vandalized, thereby giving the go ahead for the resumption of the ads, which are viewed as unacceptable the chareidi tzibur.
Involved in the petition to the High Court was Meretz Councilwoman Rachel Azariya, who feels the banning of the ads represents yet another case of chareidim discriminating against women.
Such ads have not appeared in the capital in recent years as Egged decided not to incite the chareidi tzibur, which represents a significant percentage of the bus company’s riders in the capital.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)