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        4/4/2013, Nisan 24, 5773

      Airline Fined for Helping Israel Keep Activist Out


      A French court ordered Air France, Thursday, to pay a 10,000 euro ($12,800) fine for removing activist Horia Ankour from a flight to Israel from France a year ago to take part in the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign, which saw hundreds of activists seek access to Israel in a bid to travel to the Palestinian Authority, according to Agence France PresseThe court  also ordered the French flagship carrier to pay 3,000 euros in damages to the passenger and her legal fees.

      Ankour was taken off the plane in Nice after an Air France employee asked whether she had an Israeli passport and then, when she replied "no", whether she was Jewish. When she answered "no" again she was escorted from the flight. French prosecutors had backed her in the case, saying it was a clear case of discrimination. Air France had said her name was on a list of undesirables provided by Israeli authorities and it was certain she would not be allowed into the country.