Petition: Create a seating section for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men on El Al flights

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El Al Boeing 767-300 in the air.

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El Al Boeing 767-300 in the air.

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JERUSALEM (RNS) In her petition, which had more than 2,300 signatures, a Chicago woman asks El Al why its staff permits female passengers “to be bullied, harassed, and intimidated into switching seats for which they rightfully paid.”

  • Fran

    Oh my goodness! Jesus was not kidding when he called the religious leaders of his days on earth (Scribes and Pharisees) hypocrites for overstepping the commandments of God and teaching commands of men as doctrines!! (Matthew 15:1-11)

    Jesus himself talked to a Samaritan woman (the Samaritans were greatly disliked by Jews in those days) at a well and shared truths with her; she even became a believer in him! (John 4:1-42).

    Servants of God should not be segregated because of race, culture, nation or gender, but we should all associate together and love one another as ourselves (Matthew 22:39; Hebrews 10:24,25).

    I understand that the majority of Jews today do not accept Jesus as the son of God or as the Messiah. This enforcing of segregation concerning women is evidently an example of teaching commands of men as doctrines. Some things have evidently not changed since Jesus was on earth!

  • Just when I think I’m going to take a break from RNS because all this religious news is so depressing and insane….

    Air flights?
    Religion truly poisons every single thing it touches.

  • Acerview

    Absolutely not. Why should an airline or individuals be required to comply with religious rights, when civil rights supersede.

    The airline would lose revenue if the seats are not filled and other passengers need to pay more to balance.

    It should be clearly stated in the ticket sales, that while individual choices will be catered for, if it is not possible, customers must sit where they are assigned. If they refuse to do so, they will be asked to leave the airplane, and a refusal to do so be an arrestable offence for interfering with the rights of others to meet their needs.

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  • Garson Abuita

    I’d point out to you that there are just as many Christians that separate men and women in various ways. Cf. the RNS article just the other day about Catholic schools not allowing boys to play contact sports with girls. But something tells me you don’t think Catholics are Real Christians®.

  • Fran


    The article concerned both genders associating together, whether sitting on a plane, on a bus or on a street; not about playing contact sports at a school which could become rough, and is a completely different matter.

    I was referring to ultra-Orthodox Jews in this instance.

    However, with reference to the Catholic Church (of which both my parents had been born and raised in and no longer associate with), I truly believe that concerning their teachings and traditions, the egregious actions of their priests and the fact that the Church did not immediately disfellowship them (but moved them around), the church has not practiced unity nor taught truth in a very long time.

    I will sit next to my brother in the congregation, or on a plane, a bus or stand next to him on the street; and he will also not demand that I move elsewhere.