Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced gender discrimination in the nation’s public transportation system in a statement on Monday.
The prime minister declared, “The State of Israel is a free country in which no one will restrict who may use public transportation or dictate who sits where,” adding, “Whoever does so is violating the law and must answer for it.
After a bus driver made a group of adolescent girls hide themselves, Netanyahu made his remarks. The youngsters claimed they had been forced to sit in the back of the bus as well.
The event happened on a Nativ Express bus that was taking passengers from Ashdod to Kfar Tavor in the Lower Galilee.
The girls were informed by the driver that the haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, group used the bus service.
But the bus was a public conveyance, and the driver’s demand was unlawful.
Nativ Express said in a statement that was published on Sunday that it was looking into the claims and that it strongly opposed any sort of discrimination on its bus routes.