Ultraortodokse vil ikke sitte ved siden av kvinner

Hans Rustad

Tenden­sen til at ultra­or­to­dokse jøder ikke vil sitte ved siden av kvin­ner på EL Al-fly er økende, skri­ver Ha’aretz. Det ska­per pro­ble­mer og gnis­nin­ger på flyvninger.

While the phe­n­ome­non of lone Haredi men approa­ching female pas­sen­gers is not new, and has in fact gone on for years, large groups of Hare­dim - upwards of 15-20 people in some instan­ces - are reportedly attemp­ting to secure blocs of seats for them­sel­ves. Their per­sist­ence is cau­sing con­s­ter­na­tion and fric­tion, while set­ting off a host of logi­s­ti­cal pro­blems during the course of some flights, accor­ding to a num­ber of sources inter­viewed by Haaretz.

En økende kjønns­se­gra­sjon blant ultra­or­to­dokse, såkalte hare­dim, kom for alvor frem i lyset i fjor. Disse rigide vil ikke ikke bare segrere blant dem selv, de blan­der seg også inn i ver­den uten­for, dvs i kon­takt med andre men­nes­ker. Det har vakt sterke reak­sjo­ner i det isra­elske samfunn.

De reli­giøse nyter godt av pri­vi­le­gier som unn­tak fra mili­tær­tjenste, som kan bli satt på spill hvis de for­sø­ker å gjøre sam­fun­net religiøst.

Det høres ut som en baga­tell, men når man leser om pro­ble­mene for­står man at de ikke bare for­år­sa­ker store prk­tiske pro­ble­mer, men også indi­ke­rer noen hold­nin­ger som får kon­se­kven­ser, hvis man gir etter.

Seat-switching is par­ti­cu­larly acute on lon­ger El Al flights, say pas­sen­gers and tour ope­ra­tors, as Hare­dim insist not only on a sepa­ra­tion of the sexes, but also pre­fer to sit toget­her in order to expe­dite the for­ma­tion of a quo­rum for evening and mor­ning pray­ers. Sit­ting toget­her also allows Hare­dim to exclude from their field of vision films that they say offend their cul­tural and reli­gious sen­si­ti­vities, while also crea­ting “dis­tance” from pas­sen­gers who con­sume non-kosher food that they bring onto the aircraft.

Pas­sen­gers inter­viewed by Haa­retz say the reper­cus­sions of seat-switching are felt almost imme­dia­tely, and include delays before take-off incur­red by pas­sen­gers trans­fer­ring lug­gage from one over­head com­part­ment to anot­her. They note delays in the dis­tri­bu­tion of in-flight meals, as flight atten­dants are for­ced to con­tend with res­huf­fled sea­ting plans. In some instan­ces, pas­sen­gers report wai­ting an hour or more after they were told they would rece­ive their pre-ordered “stan­dard” meals, usu­ally dis­tri­buted after the spec­ially reque­sted meals - such as those for child­ren, pas­sen­gers with spec­ial needs, and con­su­mers of strictly kos­her food.
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“This would never hap­pen on Con­ti­nen­tal, Luft­hansa or Delta,” stres­ses Feld­man, a 30-year vete­ran of the industry who says he has fiel­ded dozens of com­pla­ints from pas­sen­gers related to the seat relo­ca­tions over the last seve­ral mon­ths. “Other air­li­nes would not tole­rate this beha­vior,” he says.
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This would never hap­pen on Con­ti­nen­tal, Luft­hansa or Delta,” stres­ses Feld­man, a 30-year vete­ran of the industry who says he has fiel­ded dozens of com­pla­ints from pas­sen­gers related to the seat relo­ca­tions over the last seve­ral mon­ths. “Other air­li­nes would not tole­rate this beha­vior,” he says. While Feld­man ack­now­led­ges that other air­li­nes may expe­ri­ence “indi­vi­dual or iso­la­ted cases,” he says seat-switching is “an ano­maly, orga­nized by a spec­i­fic group adept at mani­pu­la­ting the sys­tem and exer­ting peer pres­sure upon fel­low pas­sen­gers.” Feld­man, who calls the mat­ter “exclu­sively an El Al issue” spec­i­fic to an air­line that is con­side­red “Jewish,” is floa­ting a simple recom­men­da­tion: “Why doesn’t El Al announce to board­ing pas­sen­gers that seat-switching will not be tole­rated?” Feld­man asks.

The uptick in Haredi requests abo­ard El Al flights to switch seats coin­ci­des with recent inci­dents invol­ving some rigorously Ortho­dox Jews insis­ting on the sepa­ra­tion of sexes in cer­tain Israeli neigh­bor­hoods, on pub­lic bus rou­tes and in pub­lic sea­ting spaces, even at check-out coun­ters in super­mar­kets and stores.

Last month, a Heb­rew Face­book page tit­led “Herem [excom­mu­ni­ca­tion against] El Al” featu­red an in-flight pho­to­graph taken during an El Al flight from Brazil to Israel that showed makes­hift partitions taped to the backs of four pas­sen­gers’ seats. The pho­to­graph garne­red natio­nal cover­age on Israel’s Channel 2 newscast.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews increas­ingly refuse to sit near women on El Al flights
El Al custo­mers, ope­ra­tors say large groups of Hare­dim, upwards of 15-20 people in some instan­ces, are reportedly attemp­ting to secure blocs of seats for themselves.




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