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Ultra-orthodox Jews march over media backlash

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Thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on Saturday in a growing dispute with secular Israelis over women’s equality.

An Israeli TV show recently showed how an eight-year-old girl had been attacked by men from the conservative Haredi sect for what they described as her ‘immodest attire’.

School girls and women claim they have been accosted and spat at.

There has been a public backlash again the extreme views of the sect, which calls for women to sit at the back of buses and use separate walkways.

Organisers said that Saturday’s rally took place in response to a wider public protest last week.

Many demonstrators wore yellows stars on their clothes in reference to the Holocaust, in which about six million Jews were systematically killed by the Nazis.