A matter of principle

The story of the courageous woman who defeated gender-based seating on El Al.

June 29, 2017 19:30
Renee Rabinowitz

Renee Rabinowitz, the Belgian-born Holocaust survivor who in 2006 came to spend her twilight years in Jerusalem. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Almost every woman – Jewish or otherwise – who has been placed next to a haredi man on an El Al airplane has been the victim of gender discrimination. Most haredim claim they cannot and will not sit next to a woman other than their wife or daughter.

Those haredim who prefer not to make a fuss but to suffer in silence are often reviled by others of their ilk who consider such a departure from self-imposed stringency to be a treacherous lapse.


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