No Relief from German Court for Israeli Banned from Kuwaiti Airlines

An airline passenger who wanted to fly from Frankfurt to Bangkok via Kuwait but was not allowed to board the Kuwait Airlines flight because he holds Israeli citizenship failed to get the backing he expected from a German appellate court. The court said the Kuwaiti boycott of Israel and Israelis is “unacceptable and irrelevant in Germany,” but nevertheless refused to overrule Kuwaiti law despite its racist nature. Since Israelis are not allowed in the Kuwait airport’s transit areas, the court ruled, there is no way for the Israeli passenger to get to his connecting flight. For its part, the airline failed to acknowledge the charges of racism and bigotry and dismissed the legal action as being “politically motivated.”

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