Tuesday, March 1, 2016

American Woman Suing Israel's National Airline; Had to Change Seat to Reconcile Ultra-Orth. Man

An 81-year-old Israeli-American woman is suing El Al airlines -- Israel's national airline -- after a flight attendant asked her to change seats when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit next to her, the Religion News website reports today (March 1, 2016).

The Israel Religious Action Center -- a civil and human rights organization -- plans to file the suit with Renee Rabinowitz as the plaintiff this week.

The case highlights the rising tensions between some ultra-Orthodox men who believe it is against Jewish law to sit next to a woman, and female passengers who say they have been pressured into relinquishing their seats.

Rabinowitz -- a retired lawyer who escaped the Nazis in her youth -- moved to another seat on the Newark, New Jersey to Tel Aviv flight in December.

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