Jonathan Danilowitz

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Danilowitz in 2009

Jonathan Danilowitz (born (1945-01-13) January 13, 1945 (age 73)) worked as a Senior In Flight Service Manager for El Al Israel Airlines, based in Tel Aviv.

When the airline refused to recognize his same-sex partner as his common-law spouse (as is commonly done in Israel with opposite-sex partners) he sued the airline (in 1989). One of the 1990s' most publicized civil-rights cases, his action went through three court sessions including the Israeli Supreme Court (1995) which concurred that the discrimination was illegal and obliged the airline to grant partner benefits.[1][2] The Supreme Court ruling is considered to be one of its most important decisions, and is featured in the Museum of the Court in Jerusalem.


  1. ^ Sumakaʼi Fink, Jacob Press (1999). Independence park: the lives of gay men in Israel By Amir. Stanford University Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-8047-3854-5. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  2. ^ "A court without Dalia Dorner". UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.[permanent dead link]

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