web analytics
April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Jury Throws Book at Muslim Hotel Owner for Throwing Jewish Guests Out of her Pool


Shangri-La Hotel owner Tamie Adaya (R) with her younger sister.

Shangri-La Hotel owner Tamie Adaya (R) with her younger sister.

Share Button

After five days of deliberation, a Santa Monica jury announced on Wednesday that Shangri-La Hotel owner Tamie Adaya committed anti-Semitic discrimination when she uttered her now-famous cry, “Get the [expletive] Jews out of my pool!

The jury found for the plaintiffs on multiple acts of intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, malice, fraud and oppression, and violations of the California Civil Rights Act.

The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, California.

The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, California.

The 18 individual plaintiffs and one corporate plaintiff were awarded $1.2 million in compensatory damages, but the final amount Adaya and her company will owe is expected to go much higher, because the individual plaintiffs are entitled to punitive damages on many of the counts.  In addition, attorney James Turken is entitled to collect attorney’s fees from the defendant under the Unruh Act – California’s Civil Rights Act, which specifically outlaws discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Turken was quite emotional after the verdicts were read Wednesday evening.  He had just been through two of the most draining experiences of his life.  For one thing, Turken is a corporate defense litigator, and so to him this civil rights case, especially representing plaintiffs, was largely unfamiliar territory.  He took on the case, he told the Jewish Press, because when he learned the facts he became “outraged,” and because he was also “incredibly impressed” with the plaintiffs.

On Friday, when the case went to the jury for consideration, Turken went to the home of his younger brother.  He then sat by his side as Dr. David Turken was succumbing to defeat in his years-long battle with Leukemia.  Jim Turken said that his brother had been following the lawsuit closely, despite his dwindling strength.  Even at the very end, when David was drifting in and out of consciousness, he kept asking his brother whether the jury had come back yet.

Turken could not say enough good things about his clients, the plaintiffs.  He praised them on multiple occasions as “the very best we have to offer, these are young people trying to make a difference, who volunteer for all kinds of charities.”  He told The Jewish Press that “as a Jew, I took this case very personally, but the plaintiffs made it a pleasure – I was honored to represent them.”

Ari Ryan, the lead plaintiff in the case, explained why he felt it was so important to persevere through the long, tortuous legal proceeding. Ryan was one of the organizers of the Friends of the IDF event at the Shangri-La Hotel, and as the events unfolded, as the Jews with wristbands were being herded out of the pool, “the gravity of the situation weighed heavily on me.”  He said, “evil succeeds if good men and women don’t stand up and do what is right.”

Well, the Shangri-la plaintiffs did what was right, and in the end, their conviction and hard work were validated.

Tamie Adaya was not in the court room when the verdicts were read, but she is required to be present during the punitive damages phase which starts on Thursday.

Share Button

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

35 Responses to “Jury Throws Book at Muslim Hotel Owner for Throwing Jewish Guests Out of her Pool”

  1. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Check it out.

  2. Lauren Ks says:

    5 days? Disgusting! It took how many hours to NOT convict OJ but 5 days for this verdict?!?!

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    Thank you, Jesse Unruh, for getting this law enacted, and for Pat Brown, then California Governor (and father of the current governor) for signing it into law!

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    It was a complicated case with a lot of allegations. That they took five days shows that they took the mater seriously.

  5. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Thanks @Charlie – it may not seem complicated but there were a lot of different claims and 19 different plaintiffs – the jury had to consider each claim in the context of each plaintiff. The lawyer told me the jury worked through breaks and over lunches. Go American justice system!!

  6. Nevet Basker says:

    An important message that antiA-Semitism will not be tolerated, even in tolerant California.

  7. Finally ! Wow even in CA ..amazing

  8. thank you Nevet can you post this in our community page ?

  9. Paul Glick says:

    Thank G d for the positive decision Its about time something is going our way and makes me feel optimstic.

  10. Lauren Ks The *ONLY*disgusting thisng her is you Lauren too-f'ing cowardly to undetake my own name on facebook – calling a joyous righteous occasion "disgusting". Irish ho!

  11. May the owners of the hotel bleed doubly – as is said in Hebrew, kaful. May their financial statements reflect in the red until they go bankrupt. May their Islamic, barbaric, anti-semitic 'hearts' wither from within. And, this is just for starters! And, kol ha'kavod to the plaintiffs. Being one who NEVER backs down, this is very heartwarming. Too many of our people are pathetic cowards. Onward and upward. NEVER let our haters win. NEVER.

  12. Yaakov Levy says:

    this is great to hear, but we hope that she will be out of business for good.

  13. Helen Shmelin says:

    Shouldn't there be criminal charges for hate crime in this sitatuion? Should the owner(s) face jail time? I think so.

  14. Charlie Hall says:

    Hopefully the chain will pull the franchise.

  15. Charlie Hall says:

    I know Ronald Reagan is a hero to a lot of people, but it is a fact that the two Democrats Reagan defeated for California were Brown (1966) and Unruh (1970) and that Reagan opposed the federal law making this kind of action illegal. (I don't know whether he had a position on the earlier California law.)

  16. Chaiya Eitan says:

    May she wither up like the Wicked Witch of the West….

  17. Eva Owen says:

    Terrible!

  18. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Gabor Fränkl, please remove that post – that is totally inappropriate. I don't understand why you would do that, but please don't tell me, just delete your post immediately.

  19. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Gabor Fränkl, please remove that post – that is totally inappropriate. I don't understand why you would do that, but please don't tell me, just delete your post immediately.

  20. Bruce Becker says:

    WTH ? Try this….I know Hussein Obama is a Hero to a lot of mentally challenged people, but it is a fact the Jew-Hating Muslim has assaulted Israel verbally and with policies more than any other Country in the World including IRAN, and surrounding Israel with his newly installed Muslim Brotherhood Brothers in Egypt and other Countries in order to fulfill his Final solution for Six Million Jews…..

  21. what I want to know is why Jews are giving these people any business at all.

  22. ChristoperLee Farmer says:

    I truly hope the place comes to RUIN and the owners loose their hold of the place. Good thing I was not there because so god help me I would have been IN THEIR FACE and probably arrested. But after I got out I would taken the offended family to dinner and apologized for humanity's continued hatred of Jews…somebody has to make amends if the Jew haters refuse to it.

  23. It would be better for people to open their minds than to lose all their money.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Bruce Becker You're a total and utter disgrace to truth and humanity-

  25. Anonymous says:

    Yes, nothing ever goes "your" way…

  26. Marla Annette says:

    Bruce….get the help you need……REALLY….

  27. Marla Annette says:

    I don't wish anyone bad—the energy it takes to do so is toxic! Just feel sorry to have.
    such unfounded FEAR. To live with that in your heart and mind, is punishment enough–
    That, and of course it's nice to win a cash compensation…..just sayin……..

  28. viva israel……..from indonesia.

  29. Adriane Rivka Wolfson Bernstein says:

    @daryl, that was my first thought. "Why were they there? and on top of that, why an Israeli connect event. (It was a Friends of the IDF event)". My next thought was, "It is a good thing that this happened as it has shown that anti-semitic behavior will be punished". If all Jews did not go to places where anti-semitism exists and is tolerated, then the anti-semites will have won their battle and made certain their places are "Judein-ridden". We need to be proud as a people and stand up for our rights and feel free to go where we want.

  30. Mazel Tov! It's good to see that justice won.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
ancient skull discovered Gush Etzion
Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave
Latest News Stories
ancient skull discovered Gush Etzion

A surprised group of hikers stumbled across human bones in a Gush Etzion cave. But what they actually found was even more astounding.

FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas. Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan. IAF jets were sent out […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

The Kotel Plaza, the stairs, the Kotel entrance, the roads, everything was packed for Birkat Cohanim – the Priestly Blessing of the People – now imagine if this had been held on top of Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount!

Four Israeli citizens were hurt Thursday in a road terror attack near Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

Israel Police closed access to the Temple Mount to Jews and other non-Muslims on Thursday due to Arab violence.

Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine this week were ordered to “register” themselves and their assets.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Flyers ordered Jews to appear at a designated location in Ukraine, in Sept., 1941. The next day, the Jews lined up at the Babi Yar Ravine.

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

Ron Pundak was involved in many leftist “peace” initiatives. Pundak died on Friday.

Another failed anti-Israel Divestment measure. This one at Cornell University.

The US may pretend it was forced to give up Pollard, but it is US that most wants to continue talks.

Hirsi Ali’s critics wanted her silenced; Brandeis granted their wish.

Brandeis buckled to those who embrace diversity and tolerance only of their own views.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jury-throws-the-book-at-muslim-hotel-owner-who-threw-jews-out-of-her-pool/2012/08/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: