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Israeli Discount Supermarket Chain Allegedly Fires Jewish Women For Dating Palestinians
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
It’s been a bad week for Rami Levy.
Supermarket mogul Rami Levy’s chain allegedly fired Jewish female workers who were discovered to be dating Palestinians, Ha’aretz reported.
An unnamed former employee made the accusation to Army Radio.
“It’s a directive from above, who tell the human resources professionals to be on the lookout for women who date Arabs,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rami Levy’s bad week continued after Elki Alon, who once headed Levy’s cellular phone business, accused Levy of a list of other alleged misbehavior in a Facebook post.
According to Alon, Levy:
• Covered up a sexual harassment case in which the harasser was a senior company executive.
• Nepotistically employed unqualified family members.
• Violated conditions set by the Communications Ministry for his cellular division’s license.
At first, Levy rejected Alon’s accusations by saying they didn’t merit a response.
But later in the week Levy released what he categorized as a threatening WhatsApp message from Alon that was sent before Alon published the Facebook post attacking Levy.
“More than getting the money I deserve, I would be happy to see you crucified from every tree. More than getting the money I deserve, I would be happy to see you passing time in an interrogation room and in prison. The fact is you deserve it…,” Alon allegedly wrote.
In a separate message Alon demanded that Levy transfer 450,000 shekels ($114,000) to Alon’s bank account, saying the money was owed to Alon and claiming Alon deserved the money as compensation for alleged mistreatment by Levy.
Levy reportedly filed a criminal complaint with police, who have opened an investigation.
Shares of Rami Levy reportedly closed down 3.2% Wednesday but are expectd to rebound.
“We believe the damage to his reputation will be short-lived,” Michal Alshech, who follows supermarket stocks for Excellence Brokerage, said. “It’s the nature of affairs like these to fade and be forgotten. If Rami Levy continues to provide low prices, customers will continue shopping at his stores.”