​More Tolerance – Less Racism

 


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Discrimination is a negative social phenomenon. Discrimination deeply hurts the dignity of the person discriminated against and prevents him or her from assimilating equally in the Israeli society. One of the worst expressions of discrimination in daily life occur the private business sector, when a person is refused entrance, service or product only because he or she belongs to a specific social group.

 

The Prohibition of Discrimination in Products, Services and Entry into Places of Entertainment and Public Places Law, which was enacted in 2000, was intended to cope with this negative phenomenon and ensure that the entire population enjoy equal opportunity in access to products, services, and places open to the general public

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What does the law say?

 

The law prohibits providers of product or public services (such as communication, entertainment, tourism or banking) as well as providers of services in public places (places open to the public such as malls, clubs, restaurants or cafes) from discriminating in providing the public service, the product, or the entrance to the public places on the grounds of race, religion or religious group, nationality, country of origin, sex, sexual orientation, political views, party membership, personal status or parenthood.

 

The Prohibition of Discrimination in Products, Services and Entry into Places of Entertainment and Public Places Law – 2000

 

Have you suffered discrimination? There are things you can do.

The law defines two means of action:

1.     Filing a civil suit – the courts can order compensation of up to NIS 66,500 even without proof of damage.

2.     Filing a complaint with the police – the maximum punishment for discrimination conviction is a fine of NIS 150,000. Also, the courts can order the discriminating business to close.​