Barbra Streisand criticizes women`s discriminatory treatment in Israel

Washington: Barbra Streisand has spoken about the Jewish religious practices that separate men and women.

The 71-year-old actress took aim at cases of ultra-Orthodox Jews targeting women while speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday.

The star, who herself was born in a Jewish family, said that it was distressing that women in Israel were forced to sit at the back of the bus, CBS News reported.

She said she was also disturbed when she read about `Women of the Wall` having metal chairs thrown at them while they try to peacefully and legally pray.

Streisand spoke in reference to isolated incidents in which ultra-Orthodox men tried to force women to sit separately at the rear of buses that go through their neighborhoods or they tried to prevent women donning prayer shawls and carrying Torah scrolls from praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.