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Jerusalem - Gay American Sues Israeli Pizzeria That Refused To Serve Him

Published on: October 18, 2018 03:00 PM
By: JTA
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Sammy Kanter wrote that he was kicked out of this pizza restaurant for his sexual orientation. (Sammy Kanter/Facebook)Sammy Kanter wrote that he was kicked out of this pizza restaurant for his sexual orientation. (Sammy Kanter/Facebook)

Jerusalem - An American rabbinical student studying in Israel is suing a Jerusalem pizzeria for refusing to serve him due to his sexual orientation.

Sammy Kanter, who is studying at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College in Israel for the year, was wearing a gay pride T-shirt in early August, a day after the Jerusalem Pride March, when he and some friends entered the Ben Yehudah 2 pizzeria. The white T-shirt had rainbow letters that spelled out “Cincy,” his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kanter wrote in a Facebook post the day that the incident occurred: “Today, for the first time in my life, I was denied service at a pizza store for being who I am (in Jerusalem). I walked in with the shirt below, and the guy behind the counter said “Atah Homo (are you gay)?” I said yes. He said “out” and pointed at the door. My jaw dropped, and he instructed my classmates and I to leave.”

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Refusing customers service because of their sexual orientation is illegal in Israel.

Kanter filed a lawsuit the following month, seeking damages of 33,500 shekels, or about $9,100, with the assistance of the Israel Religious Action Center, or IRAC, the social justice arm of the Reform movement in Israel.

“This is an important precedent for Jerusalem,” Rabbi Noa Sattath, IRAC director, told JTA. She said that the owner of the pizzeria is liable for the actions of his employee

The owner of the pizzeria initially told Israeli media that, if the incident occurred as Kanter had said, he would fire the employee. He later backpedaled, saying it was probably a misunderstanding as the employee was trying to close the shop and get it cleaned up before the start of Shabbat.

Sattath said the pizzeria owner refused to negotiate outside of court after being advised of the law.

“Sammy is not interested in the money for himself. He is interested in the precedent,” Sattath said. He has, in fact, suggested that any award be donated to Jerusalem organizations that support LGBT rights.

The case is scheduled to be heard in Jerusalem Small Claims Court on Jan. 31, 2018. Kanter will represent himself. He is scheduled to remain in Israel through the end of the school year.



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 Oct 18, 2018 at 03:55 PM poyt63 Says:

You post this as a rabbinical student?

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Just what Yidden need another gay FAKE "rabbi" what will they call his spouse "Rabbit"? not to worry his smicha isn't worth the paper it is written on.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 04:47 PM georgeg Says:

Looks like he was kicked out for obscenely gawdy apparel. Even a pzzeria has standards.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 04:50 PM MyThreeCents Says:

I guess his hearing was already - says scheduled for Jan 2018. He can't be rabbi if he's going to reform school. He doesn't keep the Torah if he is gay.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 04:52 PM chaimkeh Says:

Have you ever walked into a pizza shop on Ben Yehuda Street? For that matter, any pizza shop in Israel? I prefer to only hint that you and I wouldn't have been insulted! "He" clearly was advised to start the pizza shop version of WOW ladies.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 05:25 PM NEW-NU Says:

Avraham Avinu accepted all guest but that was his private residence. There are families going to the pizza shop with children who don't want their kids exposed to abominations.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 05:43 PM Haimov Says:

Strange story. They sell pizza to everybody.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 05:28 PM shmuelmoshe Says:

"Israel Religious Action Center, or IRAC, the social justice arm of the Reform movement in Israel."
(rhymes with IRAQ both working to have Israel wiped off the map)

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 07:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
shmuelmoshe Says:

"Israel Religious Action Center, or IRAC, the social justice arm of the Reform movement in Israel."
(rhymes with IRAQ both working to have Israel wiped off the map)

So TURE, but so sad!

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 07:37 PM nem Says:

rabbi? where is his beard, payous, yiddishe tzireh?looks like a catholic

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 07:40 PM Anonymous Says:

If these gay people want to live a low class life that is unfortunately their business but what is the pride all about why does everyone have to know that they are lowlifes why can’t they just keep it To themselves and shut up

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 08:43 PM Normal Says:

Wow, lovely comments. So if one of your kids tells you he is gay, what will you do? Never talk too him again and pretend he never existed so that your life becomes perfect again? 3-5% of the population are gay. One in 25. That's how they were created. And you wonder why they kill themselves.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 11:36 PM Hiymishclown Says:

All a big misunderstanding. He told him "gay arois." The future rabie didn't understand yiddish.

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 Oct 18, 2018 at 11:44 PM Anonymous Says:

This guy is a fake troublemaker. Have any of you seen the weirdos on Ben Yehuda every day? I don't believe the story, I think this is a gay activist who wants to raise awareness (we are all aware enough, thank you very much) and cause trouble. I feel sorry for the owner.

But let's play pretend and say it's true. The EMPLOYEE was wrong. Not the owner, so why sue him? Oh because at minimum wage the pizza guy doesn't have money. Classic shakedown.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:38 AM lazy-boy Says:

he is a rabbinical student in the Yeshiva of Sodom and Gemorrah and plans to spread their torah of HIV and AIDS all over the world!

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:51 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Reply to #7  
Haimov Says:

Strange story. They sell pizza to everybody.

I agree. Seems strange some pizza guy is the keeper of public morality.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 06:25 AM Anonymous Says:

I compliment the pizza shop owner for throwing the faygaleh out; the straight population is sick and tired, of having their deviant life style constantly thrown in our faces.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 11:49 AM Sol Chaud Says:

This may difficult for some people to accept, but it is a scientific fact that some people are born gay and some are not. Gay people just want to live their life.
Before criticizing anyone who is different from you, try perfecting your own life. Maybe start off by not making nasty and hurtful comments on the Voz Is Neis website.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 12:06 PM MyThreeCents Says:

Reply to #12  
Normal Says:

Wow, lovely comments. So if one of your kids tells you he is gay, what will you do? Never talk too him again and pretend he never existed so that your life becomes perfect again? 3-5% of the population are gay. One in 25. That's how they were created. And you wonder why they kill themselves.

If my own child told me he was gay, I'd treat him like any other off the derech kid. Love him but don't condone him. Get him into therapy. If the Torah says it's an abomination, then it's a sin like eating treif or not keeping Shabbos. Loving your child doesn't mean accepting that he is sinning. Speak to a Rov about what to do with him.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:21 PM favish Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

If these gay people want to live a low class life that is unfortunately their business but what is the pride all about why does everyone have to know that they are lowlifes why can’t they just keep it To themselves and shut up

this si the pshat 'kenimrod gibor tzeid lifney hashem"

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:26 PM favish Says:

Reply to #18  
Sol Chaud Says:

This may difficult for some people to accept, but it is a scientific fact that some people are born gay and some are not. Gay people just want to live their life.
Before criticizing anyone who is different from you, try perfecting your own life. Maybe start off by not making nasty and hurtful comments on the Voz Is Neis website.

dont 'scientific fact ' us...and no,its ot And since your not a torah min hashomayim believer what you doing here. its not .g-d gave the torah and by stating what you posted your a koifer, and saying he made mistake... So its between G-D verses you and your homo shmutz.You belong on an atheist site

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:29 PM favish Says:

Reply to #18  
Sol Chaud Says:

This may difficult for some people to accept, but it is a scientific fact that some people are born gay and some are not. Gay people just want to live their life.
Before criticizing anyone who is different from you, try perfecting your own life. Maybe start off by not making nasty and hurtful comments on the Voz Is Neis website.

amd dont tell us gay peple want to live thier life!..so why advertising it on shirts, parades. why dont mchalleley shabbos m etc make mechallelay shanbbos parades, betality parades ... this is pure l'hachis to 'spit' in gods face.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Normal Says:

Wow, lovely comments. So if one of your kids tells you he is gay, what will you do? Never talk too him again and pretend he never existed so that your life becomes perfect again? 3-5% of the population are gay. One in 25. That's how they were created. And you wonder why they kill themselves.

And if one of my kids is a hitman, kills people, mechallel shabbos, preys and robs, drug pusher ...you brain dead people always come with such stoopid remarks .NO. I WILL NOT BE HAPPY IF MY SON GETS THE ELECTRIC CHAIR IF HES CONVICTED OF MURDER FIRST DEGREE SO, we should abolish punishments, UGHHHHH, your a bunch of creeeeps. Pure brain dead AKA lefty, communists etc

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