El Al Airline, Israel's national carrier (Photo: iStock)
Cape Town - The Israel Airports Authority refused the display of billboards from a Jewish reform movement at Ben Gurion International Airport, which tells women that airlines are not allowed to force them to move seats because of their gender.
Israel's national carrier, El Al has for years have moved women when ultra-orthodox Jewish men refuse to sit next to them because of their beliefs, reports The Times of Israel. Last year Holocaust survivor Renee Rabinowitz won a discrimination court case against the airline after being forced to move seats on a flight in 2015, which also confirmed that it was illegal for flight attendants to ask passengers to switch seats based on gender.
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Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), which promotes reformed Judaism, wanted to promote this legal issue and make women aware of their rights, specifically Israeli women, and billboards at the airport over the busy Passover season were included in the campaign. Although they initially received approval to run the campaign, permission was pulled a few days before the set start date.
The airport told Army Radio that the airport changed their minds because they want to stay out of political or divisive debates.
IRAC also tried to put up the same posters in 2016 in New Jersey's Newark International Airport in El Al's waiting area, but was denied by the local port authority.
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A politician from the Jewish Home Party, Bezalel Smotrich, however labelled the movement as "a bunch of trolls" in a Tweet claiming that they are calling for an intolerance of other people's beliefs and berated the use of English in the campaign.
IRAC explains their position on gender segregation in the video below:
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