Israeli authorities block airport ads urging women to refuse to give up seats

Source: The Guardian

By Religion correspondent

Campaign reminds passengers of their right to stay put if ultra-Orthodox men refuse to sit next to them

An El Al plane
 Israel Religious Action Center said asking women to move on grounds of gender was ‘dehumanising and illegal’. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Israel’s airports authority has refused to display adverts informing female passengers that it is illegal for airline staff to ask them to move seats at the behest of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) had planned to display the billboard ads at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, during Passover, the Jewish holiday that ends on Saturday.

IRAC’s ad campaign follows a court ruling in June in favour of an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor, Renee Rabinowitz, who sued Israel’s national airline, El Al, for gender discrimination. Cabin crew had asked her to move when an ultra-Orthodox man refused to take his seat next to her.

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