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    Israelis rally against gender segregation

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    Thousands of people have gathered in a town near Jerusalem to protest against ultra-Orthodox Jews whose campaign for gender segregation has erupted into verbal and physical abuse against women.

    There were no clashes on Tuesday in Beit Shemesh between the participants and the residents who have recently been filmed spitting at a woman and verbally harassing an eight-year-old girl.

    Protesters held signs at the protest saying "Free Israel from religious coercion" and "Stop Israel from becoming Iran".

    Al Jazeera's Cal Perry reports from Beit Shemesh, 30km to the west of Jerusalem.