Unwilling to accept the “unacceptable situation forced upon the frum community,” an atzeres rally has been called for Thursday, the eve of Rosh Chodesh Iyar, to “decry the current situation” regarding the mixed bus service and the refusal of authorities to permit mehadrin buses in Yerushalayim.
The Vaad HaRabbonim for Transportation is organizing the event, announcing it will begin at 4:30pm on Thursday. The venue for the event is Shmuel HaNavi Street and Shiftei Yisrael Street, the location of the number 2 bus suicide bombing attack in Yerushalayim, in which 22 people perished Al Kiddush Hashem R”L on their way back from the Kosel.
The Vaad points an accusing finger at Egged Jerusalem and senior officials in the Transportation Ministry, for their continued adamant refusal to permit mehadrin bus service on the buses traveling to and from the Kosel. The organizers explain the site was chosen to highlight the fact that even mispalalim traveling to the Kosel must be permitted to do so within acceptable parameters of modesty, mehadrin buses.
The Vaad adds that despite the fact the suicide attack occurred about six years ago, Egged Yerushalayim remains adamant in its refusal to accommodate the growing demand for mehadrin bus service to the Kosel, and as a result, frum passengers are compelled to travel daily in crowded and immodest conditions.
The Vaad in recent days has turned to roshei yeshiva to permit talmidim to attend, seeking to attract large numbers as efforts continue to compel Egged to comply with the Vaad’s request. Organizers also point out that Egged has done everything possible, working in tandem with the Transportation Ministry, to prevent private mehadrin buses from serving commuters on the Kosel lines, decrying the policy and exhibiting a tenacious desire to achieve the goal of eventually offering mehadrin service to the Kosel.
The Vaad also points out that the mehadrin service should not be viewed as a ‘hidur’ but as a necessity in light of the crowded and unacceptable conditions existing on buses to the Kosel daily.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)