This is the cost of education when you’re a little girl trying to get to your school near Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
According to the BBC, some of the local Haredi men are protesting Orot Girls’ School in Bet Shemesh, supposedly because the girls’ long-sleeved shirts and knee- and ankle-length skirts are too slutty, which offends the grown men’s delicate sensibilities. Part of this is apparently about the ultra-Orthodox people wanting the school for their own use and not wanting to feel as though their expanding neighborhood is being boxed in by the school. To underscore this point, the school is not even in their neighborhood, but apparently some windows look out over the neighborhood. Oh, the horror.
To demonstrate that they are pillars of modesty and morality who deserve the right to dictate how those around them dress and educate their children, what appears to be dozens of grown men took it upon themselves to throw feces at children going to school and scream to 8-year old girls about their sluttishness.
The ultra-Orthodox extremists apparently have few qualms about using violence to further their agenda. Back in September they staged a protest against the school and the “evil regime” that approved its founding. A female journalist was assaulted and spat on by a group of men. Two weeks prior, the men hurled rocks at little boys attending a school in the same network as the girls’ school, and a boy was injured in the leg.
There are plenty of videos online where you can see the men jeering at children trying to get to school, calling out in unison like misogynist zombies. Here’s the longer version of the footage used by the BBC, shot by a man giving a voiceover in English: