Gay Student In Jerusalem Sues Pizzeria For Refusing Service

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An American student studying in Israel is suing a Jerusalem pizzeria after they refused service to him because he’s gay.

Sammy Kanter, a rabbinical student, came to the pizzeria with a group of his friends when the man behind the counter asked “Atah Homo?” meaning, “Are you gay?” He replied, “Yes,” and the worker ordered him and his classmates to leave, reported Jewish Telegraphic Agency

“Today, for the first time in my life, I was denied service at a pizza store for being who I am,” Kanter wrote in a Facebook post.

Refusing service due to a customer’s sexual orientation is illegal in Israel, so Kanter filed a lawsuit for about $9,100. The owner of the pizzeria refused to negotiate outside of court after being told the customer’s rights, according to JTA.

The case will go to small claims court Jan. 31, 2019, and Kanter suggested that the money will be donated to Jerusalem LGBT rights organizations.


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