Israeli taxi service Gett is being sued for $150 million shekels by human rights lawyers for allegedly offering a discriminatory service that gives users an option to filter out Arab drivers, The Guardian reported Friday.
The Yerushalayim-based “Mehadrin” service offered through the Gett app offers users the choice to order a taxi guaranteed to not be driven on Shabbos. Many Arab Muslim and Christian drivers often work during Shabbos, however, Gett says that any driver is able to meet the service standards, regardless of their religion.
Asaf Pink, a lawyer working on the case was cited by The Guardian as saying, “They give it a religious title. But, in fact, this is a proxy for a racist service that provides taxis with Jewish drivers,” adding, “Of course, they can’t just say ‘we don’t want Arabs’.”
During an investigatiove meeting, two people disguised as aspiring drivers met Gett’s Yerushalayim representative, Herzl Moshe, who was recorded saying, “Gett Mehadrin is not for religious [Jews]. It is for people who don’t want an Arab driver. When my daughter wants to travel, I order her a Gett Mehadrin. She doesn’t care if the driver is religious or not because what she wants is a Jewish driver.”
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