Will Germany bar Kuwait Airways over its ban on Israelis?

German state calls on federal government to bar Kuwait Airways from operating in country over airline's ban on Israeli passengers.

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Kuwait Airways airplane
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JTA - A German state has called on the federal government to prevent Kuwait Airways from taking off and landing in the county as long as it is allowed to ban Israeli citizens from flying with it.

The German state of Hesse made the declaration in a resolution on Friday. The resolution is “a clear signal against anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli policy,” said Christian Democratic Union parliamentary leader Michael Boddenberg, according to the German language Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper.

The resolution came in reaction to a ruling earlier this month by a Frankfurt, Germany court, which ruled that Kuwait Airways may bar Israeli citizens from boarding its planes in Germany.

Kuwait does not recognize Israel and Kuwaiti law prohibits companies from doing business with Israelis.

“Such legislation is contrary to the principles of an open society and is not only an ‘anti-Israeli’ policy, but also a clearly anti-Semitic one,” the resolution passed unanimously by the Hesse Parliament read.

An Israeli student living in Frankfurt had sued the airline over its cancellation of his flight to Bangkok in the summer of 2016. The flight was to originate in Frankfurt with a stopover in Kuwait. When the state-owned airline found out the student’s nationality, it canceled his ticket, referring to a 1964 law that bars any agreements with Israeli citizens.

The German court said it was unreasonable to expect an airline to “fulfill a contract if it means going against the laws of its state” and having to face legal consequences at home. The court added that it was not within its jurisdiction to decide whether Kuwaiti law was reasonable.


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