A minority of Kiryat Arba residents appealed to the High Court to force the community to set aside several hours a week for mixed swimming, arguing that the current ban against it is religious coercion.
A lawyer representing the local council cited prominent religious Zionist Rav Dov Lior as stating that if mixed hours are instated, he advises the public not to use the pool at all. Many residents signed a petition stating that they would cancel their pool memberships. A religious resident told the court that a mixed-gender pool is worse than chillul Shabbos.
Justice Yitzchak Amit responded that all this was “the weakest argument possible.” “Should I ban meat if vegetarians are hurt by the sight of someone eating meat?” he asked.