Israeli Court Rules El Al Airline Cannot Ask Women to Move Seats

TEL AVIV, Israel — Airline employees cannot ask female passengers to move seats to accommodate men, according to a landmark decision by an Israeli court that could curb increasingly common requests from ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The case pitted Renee Rabinowitz, an 82-year-old who fled the Nazis during World War II, against Israel’s national carrier El Al.

“This is revolutionary,” Rabinowitz’s lawyer Anat Hoffman said in a statement after Judge Dana Cohen-Lekach handed down the decision on Wednesday.




Image: Renee Rabinowitz

Renee Rabinowitz