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El Al Rejects Attempt to Impose Kashrut Supervisors on Its Planes

El Al Airlines has agreed to set up a kosher kitchen at Lydda airport, but has rejected demands of the Israel Chief Rabbinate for a kashrut supervisor at foreign airports and for a guarantee there will be no Sabbath flights, it was reported here today.

In response to these demands, submitted by Rabbi S. Efrati for the Chief Rabbinate following complaints from both local and overseas sources, El Al officials denied Sabbath flights were made except in emergencies, or that non-kosher food was provided at foreign terminals. The company said it could not agree to permit a rabbinical supervisor to fly with El Al planes.