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Monday, January 13, 2014

Makor Rishon forced to pay NIS 50K to gay group whose ad it refused

The Tel Aviv district court has ordered Makor Rishon (First Source), a religious Zionist daily newspaper in Hebrew, to pay NIS 50,000 plus NIS 10,000 in court costs to a gay group whose advertisement it refused to run (link in Hebrew).

In accepting the gay group's appeal from a magistrate's court ruling, the district court found that Makor Rishon reneged on an agreement to run the ad, and did not make clear that the ad's running was conditioned upon the editor's approving the final copy. So far, so good - if that had been the entire ruling, I wouldn't be writing this post.

The problem is that the court also found that a privately run newspaper is a public service, and therefore refusing an ad is a violation of the Law Against Discrimination in Products, Services, and Entrance to Places of Entertainment and to Public Places. Huh?

I can see every Haredi newspaper in the country being shut down if this ruling is enforced, because if they are forced to run ads for groups like this one - with the name Individual Privacy Protection Association (Gay Community) - they will shut down rather than run those ads.

Will Makor Rishon appeal to the Supreme Court? Maybe we need a constitution with a commerce clause?

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At 5:29 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

This isn't even any more about the a Jewish Torah perspective. Elementary individual freedoms and liberties are being tread on.

This is sheer wickedness! The controllers and manipulators have got to go. A purge is needed - desperately.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Even if Israel had a constitution, the left would interpret it in their usual " living breathing manner" where 2+2 =3.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

As one of the commenters on the Arutz7 said, "let's force haAretz print haredi ads".

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Hodo Hashem said...

Why would you give money to the Nazi-Capos of "Haaretz" ?

Anyway I remember them not allowing Rav Amnon Yitzhak from making commercials on T.V. back in the day.


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