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n Bnei Beraq - A kosher bus has been introduced to an ultra-orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv to keep men and women apart, the daily Maariv reported. The front seats of the Dan company bus in Bnei Beraq are reserved for men while women must sit at the back.

Local rabbis praised the policy which it said "avoids arousing the basest instincts in our men". However, an MP from the left-wing Meretz party, Naomi Hazan, demanded a ban on the "shameful" separation of the sexes by the bus company. "In a world advancing toward the 21st century, Dan is sinking back into the 19th," she said.