Woman Sues Israeli Airline After Staff Make Her Switch Seats to Accommodate Ultra-Orthodox Passenger

NEW YORK - JULY 22: An El Al Airlines plane is seen at Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The Federal Aviation Administration halted all flights from the United States to Tel Aviv following a rocket attack near Ben Gurion International Airport(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
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The Independent reports:

An 81-year-old retired lawyer whose family came to Israel after fleeing the Nazis during the Second World War is suing Israel’s national airline after staff moved her to another seat because an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit next to her.

Renee Rabinowitz was travelling on an El Al flight from Newark in the US to Tel Aviv when a Hasidic man objected to being assigned a seat next to a woman.

Staff on the flight asked Ms Rabinowitz to move, saying they would find her a “better” seat closer to first class and, although she thought the request was sexist, she agreed.

“Despite all my accomplishments – and my age is also an accomplishment – I felt minimised,” she said in an interview with the New York Times.

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