GERMANY - Kuwait Airways Fined for Anti-Semitism

Arno Froese

The Lawfare Project announced that it has filed a second case against Kuwait Airways in Germany alleging antisemitic discrimination on its flights. 

The case is being brought in the Landshut District Court on behalf of a Frankfurt-based Israeli businessman, Shmuel M., who booked a flight from Munich to Sri Lanka in November, but was then blocked by Kuwait Airways from using the ticket. 

In September 2018, a German appeals court slammed Kuwait Airways for its ban on Israeli passengers, but said practical issues left it unable to force the airline to treat Israelis equally.

In the new case, Shmuel M. booked business-class tickets from Munich to Colombo, which was the quickest flight to Sri Lanka available from that airport.

When he asked about obtaining kosher food on the flight, the airline asked whether he held an Israeli passport.

After confirming that he did, the airline told him it would not honor his ticket and that he would need to speak to its lawyers for additional information.

In the past, legal pressure by the Lawfare Project against Kuwait Airways in the US and Switzerland led to the airline canceling its NYC-London flights and all of its inter-European flights, rather than compromise its discriminatory practices.

Lawfare Project executive director Brooke Goldstein said that, “Time and again, Kuwait Airways has shown itself to be a bigoted airline with a bigoted policy that should have no place in a modern liberal democracy. An airline that kicks Israelis off planes should be kicked out of Germany.”

German local counsel Nathan Gelbart added: “There can be no discrimination against Jews on German soil. As long as we permit an airline to advertise flights for everyone except Israelis, it is a stain on the moral fabric of our country.”, 14 May 2019

Arno's commentary

Here we see globalism at its best. It supersedes religion, local laws, and nationalities. The country of Kuwait has a population of 3 million, with 75% Muslim and 18% Christian. Life expectancy is listed at 78.3 years, and per capita GDP was $65,800 in 2017. Super-rich, super-successful, but they are not the only ones that do not accept Israeli passports. Wikipedia lists 12 other countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Although 161 countries have visa-free access with an Israeli passport.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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