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Haredim extremists demanding that men and women not sit next to each on the airplane again have succeeded in creating anti-Semitism as well as delaying a flight, and this time it was Delta and not El Al.

A group of Haredim boarded Flight 484 from New York to Tel Aviv on Tuesday and immediately made a commotion, according to Haaretz.

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It can be safely assumed that this was not the first time in their lives they boarded an airplane so it is a bit difficult to understand why they waited to parade into the parade before starting an uproar by refusing to sit in their assigned seats, lest they be smitten on the spot for sitting next to someone of the opposite sex.

Haredi men and women participated in the spectacle. Rather than committing an unforgiveable sin that is shared by no other people in the world except for your neighborhood fanatic Muslim, they did everyone on board a favor by getting off the plane.

Takeoff was delayed for 75 minutes until their baggage could be removed.

It is not known if they will get their money back, but it would be a shame if they do not feel financial pain for their spiritual insecurity.

There is no Jewish law forbidding a man and a woman to sit next to each other in separate chairs. It is easily argued that doing so can lead to immodesty – perhaps one may touch the other when tripping over a sleepy passenger’s legs on the way to the bathroom.

So let’s give the Haredim the benefit of the doubt that they are so cautious about modesty, or so screwed up that they break out in a sweat when they sit next to someone of the same gender.

After all, if that is they want to be Jewish, let them have a good time their own way.

But they know very well that seats are assigned at the ticket counter. All they have to do is tell the airline ticket agent, “I would prefer to sit next to an Ebola patient rather than someone from the opposite you know what.”

So why a fuss on the airplane?

There can be only one answer: They really are not in a hurry to fly anywhere.

And they like creating a bad name for Jews, especially for the majority of Haredim who are normal.

But everyone on the Delta flight really should thank the extremist Haredim. After they disembarked, everyone else had a lot more leg room.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

43 COMMENTS

  1. More extremism … additional fodder for the anti-Semites. This jerk would piss me off, and I'm Jewish! This could have been easily avoided with advanced seat selection or a restriction that he will not sit next to a woman. How about next to a musiim extremist the next time?

  2. Those who write here hateful comments, turn your “righteous indignation” to representatives of “religion of peace”, or some others of this kind, and see how Delta is trying to bend backward to appease THEM. Jews, lets do not hate ourselves – there are too many of others who do this!

  3. Well, it’s obvious that seating is not the reason for attacks here. They are attacked because they dare to try to be religious in a world growing less religious. Crazies? Ungodly? Psychopaths? Nuts? Not any more than those so opposed to them. You know what they aren’t? Self-loathing Jews. They have as much right to live like Jews as not, as anyone else.

  4. It is important to use kinder words even when criticizing someone. I learned this the hard way. All though I do agree that public transportation has their own guidelines that we are all subject to. And the reason I do not fly is not because of said regulations, Rather because I have a terrible phobia of heights.

  5. Phobia is other thing. Nothing to do with the topic. These people don’t respect others, don’t respect women. If any woman shows legs, shoulders and hair they treat them as prostitutes and who are not in their sect, it’s a fact. It is not Judaism what Moshe Rabinu taught. Its out of control! Hear the news what they do in NY or Israel.

  6. Phobia is other thing. Nothing to do with the topic. These people don’t respect others, don’t respect women. If any woman shows legs, shoulders and hair they treat them as prostitutes and who are not in their sect, it’s a fact. It is not Judaism what Moshe Rabinu taught. Its out of control! Hear the news what they do in NY or Israel.

  7. It is not an inherent right to be able to do anything that one cannot do if they cannot afford to do in the way they think they must. They should not fly if seating cannot properly be arranged before-hand, or if they cannot pay for business class. I have my own constraints in flying, so I save my hard earned money and fly business class.

  8. That's more important than the anti-Semitism their awful behavior probably caused???? Why is it that normal Orthodox men don't behave that way?? Would sitting next to an elderly woman also cause them consternation?? As Diane Hewitt said above – why not pay the extra money and fly business class and ask for special seating? These people are an embarrassment.

  9. TZVI SEEMS TO BE A CUB JEW, NOT QUITE UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIMSELF AND OTHERS. TAKING CYNICAL POT SHOTS AGAINST HAREDIS, AND PEPPERING HIS DIATRIBE WITH "EXTREMES" SHOWS HOW AMATEURISTICALLY HE PLIES HIS TRADE- PERHAPS HE IS A MORE FITTING GERMALIST FOR HAAROTS. HIS CREDENTIALS ARE GONE! PERHAPS TZVI SHOULD
    UPGRADE HIS PROFESSIONAL JEWISH SOFTWARE AND INSTALL THE PROGRAM OF SHMIRAT HALASHON AND REALIZE HIS ENTIRE
    SCREED IS SLANDEROUS AND NOT FITTING FOR ANY JEWISH PUBLICATION. TO CHAIYA, MOST RIGHT LEANING ORTHO MEN WILL PREFER TO NOT SIT NEXT TO A WOMAN. MO-ORTHOS ARE NOT AS SENSITIZED AND WOULD EAT MOST FOOD 'CALLED KOSHER' . I have flown close to 100 times and on ElAl, and even Lufthansa, the staffs are prepared to play musical chairs to satisfy most people. If a large group is flying, it behooves the group and the airlines to make advance seating arrangments to avoid these emotional scuffles and potential delays. Any Jew who cannot fathom
    the needs of a more observant group demonstrates his bias, intolerance, and subjectivity in relating to the issue and he is the one who is morphing away from the norms of our people.

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