Court rules against Beersheba print shop that refused to serve LGBT group

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04/21/2020

The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court ruled Tuesday that a local print shop must compensate an LGBT rights group after it refused to print its posters. The Aguda Association for LGBT Equality in Israel filed a NIS 100,000 ($28,134) lawsuit against the business, Rainbow Color, three years ago after its owners refused service to the Ben Gurion University LGBT chapter. “We do not deal with abomination materials. We are Jews!” the shop had said in response to the chapter’s request for an estimate on the posters. Aguda argued that Rainbow Color had violated the Prohibition of Discrimination in Products, Services and Entry into Places of Entertainment and Public Places Law Act passed by the Knesset in 2000. Rainbow Color claimed that its owners, who are religious, are barred from providing assistance to offenders of religious law. In its defense, the owners added the rulings of two Orthodox rabbis who wrote that according to Jewish law the publication of such posters is prohibited.

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