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Testimonials from the Israeli Freedom Riders

Moriah Shacham:

"I decided to take part in the freedom rider campaign, precisely because I am religious. I live in Beit Shemesh and ride these bus lines routinely and it has always bothered me. It is for that reason that I feel I have an obligation to act…I think there's value in trying to change the perception of the world, not just among the extremists, but among people who feel not quite comfortable with the reality imposed on them and are afraid to resist. I don't come to the project from coercion but rather from the place of wanting to create dialogue and coexistence."

Neta Ravid:

"Of course, as a secular Jew I would not allow anybody to tell me where to sit. But it is important to me that an Ultra-Orthodox woman can sit in the front of the bus. We talk a lot about pluralism, but pluralism does not mean being passive in cases that require intervention… I know there are many people who oppose segregation in Haredi society, but their voice is seldom heard. I received a phone call from a Haredi woman from an extremely conservative group. She spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal and said that she and many more like her were against the separation. She told me that extremist factions were imposing this on the rest of Haredi society and not asking anyone else how they feel about it. She said we'd cause her to think about herself first, and to dare to say to herself that they are bothering her. It is women like her that spur us to action.

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