Court Orders Israeli Airline To Cancel Gender Bias Policy

Jerusalem –   An Israeli court ordered the country’s national air carrier, El Al, to stop asking female passengers to change seats when an ultra-Orthodox man objects sitting next to a woman.

Some ultra-Orthodox Jews observe a Jewish law that requires a strict separation between men and women.

Ultra-Orthodox men refusing to sit next to women in public places for fear of even unintentional touch that might be considered immodest have become a growing phenomenon over the past few years.

The recently court ruling was made after the Israel Religious Action Centre, a freedom of religion watchdog, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Renee Rabinowitz, a Holocaust survivor who is now 83.

Related Story:  German Court sentences couple who ignored son’s burns for 4 days

In 2015, she boarded El Al’s flight from Newark to Israel. She was asked by a flight attendant to move her seat at the request of an ultra-Orthodox passenger sitting next to her.

The Religious Action Centre said in a statement that the “deep humiliation Renee felt because of this request led her to turn” for help.

The court ruled in favour of Rabinowitz, requiring the airline to define a procedure for such an occurrence and explain it to its staff through written directive and training.

It also ordered El Al to pay Rabinowitz about 1,700 dollars in damage.
Riki Shapira-Rosenberg, Rabinowitz’ lawyer, said that “dozens of similar complaints were made” by women who were asked on El Al flights to move their seat at the request of an ultra-Orthodox passenger.

Related Story:  Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam – report

The Religious Action Centre said the ruling was “revolutionary’’ and set a precedent for other cases.

Sundiata Post Media Ltd.

Address: 3rd Floor Office Suite, Bayelsa State Guest House, Plot 1038, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0)92900705, +234(0)8173460599
Whatsapp: +234(0)8053069436
BBM PIN: 5619150D

Enugu Regional Office: SW 1 New Haven Shopping Mall, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0)7062582838

London Office: 18 Belgrave Avenue, Wd18 7UE, Watford, United Kingdom.
Tel: +447417554143
Dubai Office: PAU Management Suite, Level 23 - Boulevard Plaza Tower 2, Emaar Boulevard,
P. O. Box 124342, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 4 4096849 | Fax: +971 4 409 6850
About Us

SundiataPost is published by Sundiata Post Media Limited, Sundiata Post is Nigeria’s most authoritative online newspaper and ranks among the top five online news platforms in Nigeria.

Guild of Corporate online publishers
A Glance at Our Advert Rate.

Inside Pages

Size In Pixels - Amount

120×180 - N27,967.50

300×100 - N24,695

Text Link - N11,275

More Details info

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advert Rate