These three issues are deeply interconnected in many parts of the world and in this news report from Israel, ultra-Orthodox from the town of Beit Shemesh are seeking to enforce their vision of a religiously appropriated gendered partition of space. This particular news clip has caused a firestorm, and the Israeli PM has publicly states that gender segregation will not be tolerated.
On Monday, as the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported, "about 300 ultra-Orthodox men attacked police officers, hurling stones at the officers after they removed a sign ordering women not to walk past a synagogue in Beit Shemesh." Obviously they are not indicative of all Jews, but this raises many questions. Why do we see a rise in of religious extremism (a loaded word, but I'll listen to alternatives) in this era of globalization? Why is equality in where and how people can act in public such an important political freedom? Why is there such strong cultural reactions to diverse gender norms in public?