Monday, April 7, 2008

In Israel, it's the liberals who try to limit the meaning of "public accommodations"

Well, "public arenas" in Israel's case. The context: religious parties got a law passed prohibiting the sale of bread during the holiday of Passover, when bread is forbidden by Jewish law. But the law as it currently stands only applies to "public arenas," which according to the courts excludes grocery stores, restaurants and pizza parlors.

"Public accommodation," of course, is the wording in civil rights statutes in the US. Liberals prefer the term to be applied broadly, because various kinds of discrimination are illegal in such places. It certainly includes grocery stores, restaurants and pizza parlors.

This is one more reason why Israel needs a proper constitution. Or at least, why it should let the Palestinian majority vote in parliamentary elections.

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