A secular Israeli family purchased a 2-night Passover vacation package in a hotel in Tiberias has through an Israeli travel agency. The family asked the agency if the hotel was being used as a haredi Passover vacation spot and the agency insisted that it was not – but it lied. And what happened next is a good illustration of the pathetic state of justice in Israel.
'Justice' In Israel
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A secular Israeli family purchased a 2-night Passover vacation package in a hotel in Tiberias has through an Israeli travel agency. The family asked the agency if the hotel was being used as a haredi Passover vacation spot and the agency insisted that it was not.
The family of 8 paid about about $2,100 for 3 rooms and meals.
But when the family arrived for two days of the Passover holiday in 2012, it found that almost every other guest in the Metzuda Hotel was haredi, and some of those guests immediately began harassing the family, calling the female children “shiksas” and showing hostility in other ways.
“In the hotel they yelled ‘shiksa’ at my daughters, because they wore pants,” the family’s matriarch reportedly told Mynet.
The hotel itself also left much to be desired. It was poorly maintained and dirty, and the stench of the sewer system filled some of its rooms.
When contacted by the frantic family, the travel agency to transfer them to another hotel or do anything of value to help them.
The family fled the hotel in disgust and returned home.
After the travel agency still failed to apologize and mitigate the damage this family suffered, the family sued the travel agency for $11,000.
In the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, the travel agency insisted that the hotel was billed as three star, not a four star, hotel, and was unrepentant.
The judge castigated the family for expecting too much for their money and for not doing independent research on the Internet to verify what the travel agency was telling them before they purchased the package – even though the travel agency admitted deceiving the family.
And then the judge awarded the family only $1,432 plus $964 for attorneys fees – $2,396 altogether.