Gay man wins discrimination case against Jerusalem pizzeria

Sammy Kanter was thrown out of Ben Yehuda Pizza by an employee after affirming that he was gay.

February 26, 2019 22:42
BEN ROSEN, friend of rabbinical student Sammy Kanter, posted on the Secret Jerusalem Facebook page

BEN ROSEN, friend of rabbinical student Sammy Kanter, posted on the Secret Jerusalem Facebook page on Friday at 5:14 p.m. after the incident occurred, urging people in Jerusalem to boycott the pizzeria for discrimination.. (photo credit: BEN ROSEN)


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A gay man thrown out of a Jerusalem pizzeria last summer won his lawsuit against the restaurant, according to a report on the Kol Israel Reshet Bet radio station.

Ben Yehuda Pizza must pay 16,000 NIS in damages to Sammy Kanter, an American who was a rabbinical student at the time.

Kanter wrote in The Jerusalem Post last September of his ordeal. He was celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride weekend in Jerusalem, and was wearing a rainbow-colored shirt when he entered the pizzeria.

"After we entered the shop," Kanter wrote, "the employee greeted us and handed out menus. Immediately, his demeanor shifted after looking at my shirt. He asked if I was gay. After responding 'Yes,' he simply said, 'Get out.' He proceeded to repeat that phrase, and another threatening employee followed us up the street until we were a block from the shop."

A friend of Kanter's posted a picture of the pizzeria on the Secret Jerusalem Facebook group, urging members to boycott the shop.

Kanter originally sought NIS 50,000 in damages from the pizzeria.

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