Israeli woman wins discrimination case over airline seat
An 83-year-old woman has been referred to as ‘Wonder Woman’ after winning a lawsuit against Israel’s national airline after being asked to move seats on a transatlantic flight because an ultra-Orthodox man did not want to sit next to her.
Rabinowitz was travelling from Newark to Tel Aviv when a steward asked her to move to avoid discomfort to an ultra-Orthodox man assigned to the next seat, the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC) said.
IRAC, which represented Rabinowitz in court, said she had complied with the request but she felt humiliated and later decided to sue the airline.
Ultra-Orthodox rules on gender segregation is an issue that has become emblematic of a broader battle in Israel over religion and gender in public spaces and has caused scuffles in the past when women on Israeli buses used predominantly by the ultra-Orthodox have objected to men insisting that they sit at the back of the vehicle.
IRAC director Anat Hoffman compared Rabinowitz to Israeli actress Gal Gadot, star of the Hollywood blockbuster “Wonder Woman”.
“Just like Gal Gadot, Rabinowitz is a beautiful Israeli who has proven that she has superpowers,” she said.