A new court ruling explicitly forbids flight attendants for Israeli airlines from asking women to switch seats to accommodate ultra-Orthodox men who won’t sit next to them – and has awarded damages to Renee Rabinowitz, a Holocaust survivor and grandmother who was asked to move to a different seat on a 2015 El Al flight.
“This is one more victory in a long string of legal victories challenging the exclusion of women in the public sphere in Israel,” said Orly Erez-Likhovski, who represented Rabinowitz along with Ricki Shapira of the Israel Religious Action Center. “Trying to condition public service on the basis of gender is illegal and we are working to facilitate change in all of these contexts.” IRAC, the public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform movement in Israel, has been in the front lines of gender exclusion cases involving gender segregation on buses, modesty signs and prayer at …
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