The Israel Hotel Association and National Restaurant Association have recently filed a new petition to the High Court to break the monopoly of Kosher certification, bringing the case back to the fore. The present government adheres to this monopoly. What is more, the government supports laws that prohibit all actions, which would lead to


emancipation from this monopoly, which costs a restaurant or hotel tens of thousands of US dollars a year. As far as large hotels are concerned, the bill might be as costly as hundreds of US dollars a year. Workers in the hotel and restaurant industry stress that the conditions posed by rabbis involve commercial incentives and interests, which are not entirely religious.

For many years, a controversy over Kosher food has arisen between religious institutions and parties on one hand, and secular forces and movements on the other. The dispute concerns all facilities, specifically hotels and restaurants, which sell and deliver services that have to do with Kosher. These facilities need Kosher certificates so that they can serve all citizens. Lacking these certificates will be a disincentive to religious and conservative customers of hotels and restaurants.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.