FCOL - what is this furore about? What happened? A haredi person asked a non-haredi person to switch seats. Did the haredi person cause a disturbance, hurl invective and force the non-haredi person out of his seat? No. Did the non-haredi person have a right to accede to the request or deny it? Yes. Last year when traveling to the UK, I discovered I'd been seated next to a haredi man. (I'm a - very secular - jeans-wearing woman). I asked him if he would like me to look for another seat. He answered that there was no need and we spent part of the flight chatting amicably. Partitions? Yes, I saw that once. A haredi family had enshrouded itself so that family members could not see beyond their family circle. I thought it was downright stupid, but who is it hurting? No-one. Why should it bother me? It doesn't. What does bother me is the sneering tone of those whose lifestyle is different from that of the haredim.
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