A man dressed as an Israel Railways inspector blocked several haredi passengers from boarding the train at the Bat Yam train station this morning, Thursday.
The man stood between the haredi passengers and the train, physically preventing the passengers from boarding, saying: "Haredim may not board."
Another passenger, who is not haredi, filmed the inspector and urged the haredi passengers to board the train anyway. The inspector shouted at the passenger to stop filming.
By the afternoon, it became clear that the man was in fact an actor hired by the Bnei Brak municipality to protest the fact that a light rail line was planned in Gush Dan that did not pass through the haredi city.
Before it was made clear that the man was an actor, politicians had expressed outrage at the video, while Israel Railways emphasized that the man was not their employee.
MK Eliyahu Hasid (United Torah Judaism) announced that he would submit an urgent proposal to the Knesset agenda regarding blatant discrimination at the Bat Yam train station by an official inspector of Israel Railways who stands and blocks haredim from boarding the train while declaring that “haredim” may not board the train.
Transport Minister Miri Regev had said\, "I was shocked to see the awful and upsetting video from Israel Railways. I ordered an immediate investigation of the matter. Such statements and such conduct will not take place on my watch. I will update you immediately at the end of the investigation."
Israel Railways said in response, "In the last few minutes, a video was released in which a man with a yellow vest is seen standing on the platform of a train station, engaging in an insulting exchange with passengers. It should be clarified that the man is impersonating an employee and is not employed by Israel Railways or companies that provide it any services."
"The man was removed from the platform by the train crews immediately. The Railways will file a complaint with police and consider further legal action against him," it added.