The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court issued a ruling ordering the Tel Aviv University to pay a religious student NIS 45,000 in compensation for discrimination.
In the ruling, Judge Barkai stated that the university discriminated against students who are shomrei kashrut, in an abusive manner, with a lack of discretion, while belittling and lashing out at their requests for consideration. A response by the university to the student’s request, quoted in the ruling, stated that “you only want to please your personal needs” and ‘reminded him’ that ‘about a quarter of the country’s citizens are not Jewish but are equal citizens.’”
The issue began when a frum student at the university’s school of management was invited to meetings of university students with foreign students in non-kosher restaurants, he requested that at least some of the events be held in kosher restaurants, but the university ignored his repeated requests and never even considered making an effort to look for a kosher restaurant.
The student sued for NIS 100,000 compensation for the discrimination, and a restraining order prohibiting the university from discriminating between students and holding events in non-kosher restaurants.
The court did not accept his request for a restraining order but ruled that he was indeed discriminated against and ordered the university to compensate him in the amount of NIS 30,000 and another NIS 15,000 in attorney’s fees.