The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court issued a ruling on Monday ordering Tel Aviv University to pay a religious student NIS 45,000 in compensation for discrimination.
In the ruling, Judge Barkai states 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.
“While the plaintiff sought rights that he claimed he was entitled to, the defendant did not hesitate to accuse him of bullying,” the ruling said.
“The university was so disrespectful to the plaintiff’s inquiries that it responded with an outrageous letter” and that “the request to hold the events, or at least one of them, in a kosher restaurant is not so unfounded. The request for kosher food is not a culinary preference of one kind or another for the plaintiff. The request for kosher food stems from religious precepts that are not foreign to the Jewish and Muslim public – two sectors that constitute the majority of the public in the State of Israel.”