Israeli ultra-Orthodox radio station fined $280,000 for banning women from air

The suit was filed by a group of Orthodox feminists

An Israeli court on Thursday awarded one million shekels (about $280,000) in damages in a class action suit brought against an ultra-Orthodox radio station that refused to put women on the air.

The suit was filed by Kolech, a group of Orthodox feminists, on behalf of ultra-Orthodox women who, as a result of this practice, could not hear the voices of women on Kol Barama, an ultra-Orthodox radio station. Representing Kolech in the case were Orly Erez Likhovsky and Assaf Fink of the Israel Religious Action Center – the advocacy arm of the Reform movement in the country.