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Pantsless in Jerusalem

In most places, the No Pants Subway Ride is just a prank. How’d it go over in a city that prizes modesty?

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The No Pants Subway Ride on the Jerusalem light rail on Jan. 13, 2013. (Ada Broussard)
| Jerusalem No Pants Subway Ride, January 13, 2013

When reporter Daniel Estrin first heard through the grapevine that Jerusalemites were planning on participating in the international 12th annual No Pants Subway Ride, he thought: This cannot go well.

For those who aren’t familiar, the No Pants Subway Ride invites participants to ride together without acknowledging one another or the fact that they are significantly underdressed. (Nudity is not allowed; participants must sport some form of underwear.) Since its inception, it has grown exponentially. Four thousand New Yorkers participated this past Sunday, along with thousands more across the United States and in 17 countries around the world.

But Jerusalem? A town where, in some quarters, visitors may be assaulted for “immodest dress” even when they are fully clothed? Estrin decided to tag along to see how the pantsless commuters fared. His dispatch is the second installment in our Hidden Jerusalem series, which reports on aspects of Jerusalem life that are usually obscured—like underwear. [Running time: 11:37.] 

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Nice voice Daniel :)

A Canadian Israeli says:

so they got off before the Arab areas – big talkers
maybe they just don’t want to die

    in the Arab areas there is still police to protect them.

    As the organizer of the event I decided we will go end station to end station, we didn’t have enough time to go all the way until the end station from the eastern part but we did pass all the “Arab” stations until “Pisgat Zeev Merkaz” (almost at the end of the line). And i must say that we encountered only smiles and courtesy from the people who boarded in these stations and sat with us. the only remark we actually heard was the whistling of a few kids that were probably just too surprised to tell us anything with words. :D I just have to note that sense of humor knows no borders and is not outlined by nationality & identity issues. We all deserve to have fun and to enjoy a good laugh, and when the opportunity comes, we all use the same muscles to smile :)

      A Canadian Israeli says:

      According to the audio they got off at city hall – that’s the last stop before the Arab sections.

      The same muscles yes…but not the same culture…again, the Arab people in Jerusalem dont have the courage to do anything against it because the police there is Israeli…take off you pants next to an Arab girl in Bethlehem and let me know.

herbcaen says:

I look forward to you trying this stunt in Mecca. Its always fun and harmless to taunt Orthodox Jews, but to taunt Muslims requires some courage

Uhh, didn’t any women participate or did you just focus on the little boys?

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Jerusalem No Pants Subway Ride, January 13, 2013

Photographs by Ada Broussard
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