Fourteen life insurance companies face a lawsuit in California for allegedly denying life insurance coverage to people who travel to Israel.
The 14 companies are accused of engaging in unfair and discriminatory business practices in violation of the California Business and Professions Code by their underwriting practices.
The lawsuit asks a California state court to issue an injunction that would prohibit life insurers in California from discriminating against applicants based on travel to Israel.
The plaintiff, Allen Estrin, claims his application for life insurance was rejected due to his past and planned future travel to Israel.
According to the complaint, many California citizens, including those of the Jewish and Christian faith, visit Israel as tourists or pilgrims to holy sites. Businessmen and politicians also frequently visit Israel, the complaint says.