Plane insane: airport rejects women's rights campaign ads

Plane insane: airport rejects women's rights campaign ads April 9, 2018

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has refused to to display adverts informing female airline passengers they are not obliged to change seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to them.
According to this report, the Israeli Religious Action Centre (IRAC) had hoped to run a billboard campaign at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv during the Jewish holiday Passover. The IRAC also created a video, a still from which is shown above.
IRAC wanted to display adverts that read:

Ladies, please take your seat … and keep it!

The adverts reminded cabin crews that “requiring a passenger to switch seats because of their gender is illegal” and advised passengers that:

A flight attendant may not force you to switch seats to avoid mixed seating.

The campaign follows a court ruling last year in favour of Renee Rabinowitz, above, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor who was asked by El Al cabin crew to move after a strictly Orthodox Jewish male passenger refused to be seated next to her on one of the company’s flights.
Some ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jewish men say their religion’s modesty laws forbid them from sitting beside any woman who is not their wife.
Rabinowitz complied with the request but later successfully launched legal action against the airline with the support of the IRAC, which campaigns against gender discrimination and segregation.
A judge ruled last June that:

Under absolutely no circumstances can a crew member ask a passenger to move from their designated seat because the adjacent passenger doesn’t want to sit next to them due to their gender.

The judge ordered El Al, which is Israel’s flag carrier, to clarify its policies, train staff, and pay Rabinowitz compensation.
However, IRAC said it believed female passengers were still being discriminated against since the ruling.
It said it had reached an agreement with the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) on the price of running the billboard adverts during the busy travel season of Passover, which ends on Saturday.
IRAC director Noa Sattath said:

But suddenly, they notify us that they’re not approving it.

The IAA said it would not run:

Any advertising that is political or divisive.

Said spokesman Ofer Leffler:

For the same reason, we would reject billboards by the Islamic Movement and Yad l’Achim.

He was ferring to a Haredi anti-assimilation group.

IRAC had also planned to display the adverts at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport, which is used by high numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers. But it decided to focus on Ben Gurion due to costs.
Said Sattath:

It makes much more sense to do this in Israel, which is where the main problem is.

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  • Daz

    In light of the recent Molesworth conversation:
    Gurls! Yuk!
    Presumably, unlike people who’ve dragged too deeply on the bong of religion, young Nigel went on to grow up.

  • barriejohn

    I was reading this earlier today:
    Doesn’t augur well for the future, does it?

  • L.Long

    proper response …
    Jew dimwit…please move to another seat, as I am an idiot and bigot so can’t sit next to you.
    woman…should have bought two seat tickets than, fuck off ahole!

  • Vartan

    And my request if I had taken my seat and then one of these horrors rolled up into the next seat … I would ask to be reseated.

  • AgentCormac

    In light of the recent Molesworth conversation:
    Gurls! Yuk!

    Hello clouds. Hello sky. Just a pity gurls can’t be up there with you without having to put up with religious morons.

  • RussellW

    Another step backwards into the Bronze Age. Would those Ultra Orthodox loonies try the same outrageous behaviour on other airlines?

  • 1859

    A year or two ago there was the case of an U-orthodox male wrapped up in a cellophane zip bag sitting in his plane seat (there was a wonderful picture of this lunacy) – the reason being, his U-O sect forbade its members to fly over graveyards. I’m just wondering if the same imaginative technique couldn’t be used here? If the zip bag was opaque he could happily sit next to any woman and masturbate to his heart’s content – probably better than the in-flight movie (which he would be forbidden to watch anyway).

  • Robster

    Brings a wee grin to my visage wondering how these sadly afflicted deeply fundamentalist jews, reproduce. Getting naked with the other half for the purpose of fornication must be a fundamental horror.

  • Liessi from BC

    The ruling would make sense if it were the ultra-orthodox sect trying to post signs. After all, it’s their actions that are divisive. Furthermore, refusing to cite their own laws because they are “divisive” suggests they should take down any signs indicating that people can or cannot smoke, signs that separate washrooms by gender and any signage that compels travelers to stay to the right when really, they want to turn left. This sounds like something any first-year law student could successfully argue.

  • Stephen Mynett

    Robster, I often think that one of the reasons fundies are so hyped up about other people’s sex lives is just jealousy.They see us enjoying something that is very enjoyable without inhibitions while they are totally limited to what they think their particular god allows them to do.

  • 1859

    @ Robster: I believe the men and women are separated by special sheets that have holes in the appropriate places when bonking is necessary – I joke not.

  • barriejohn

    @1859: I’m not sure about that, but newly married couples can call a teacher in the middle of the night to advise them, and there is a manual with the illustrations in a separate envelope which they can discard if they don’t want to look at them.
    We did consult many other sex manuals to see what kind of illustrations they use, and we felt they were just too graphic to be comfortable for people who had really had no contact with this aspect of their lives.
    You couldn’t make it up!

  • barriejohn

    @1859: According to the following, that IS an urban legend. Some of the instruction is relatively enlightened, but it’s sad to see menstruating women still considered “unclean” and “homosexual acts” condemned out of hand.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @barriejohn, separate school for boys and girls. Trust Muslims to be complete morons. There should be healthy interaction between girls and boys at school otherwise, it’s not good for their mental development. Manchester city council and residents should refuse this stupid school segregation idea.

  • Italian Scallion

    My wife is coming back from Sicily towards the end of April. I told her that if one of these creatures gives her a hard time about the seat she is sitting in, she should tell him that she paid for that seat and she is not moving. After she’s done telling him that, then tell him to kiss your ass. I’m sick and tired of these religious assholes trying to tell us what to do. Screw you and your stupid religion.