A German court ruled that a Kuwaiti airline could refuse to fly Israeli travellers and claimed that this was not discrimination but rather a “stringent interpretation of Kuwaiti law.”
The Frankfurt state court noted in its decision that Kuwait Airways is not allowed to have contracts with Israelis under Kuwaiti law because of the Middle Eastern country’s boycott of Israel.
The court said it didn’t evaluate whether “this law make sense,” but that the airline risked repercussions that were “not reasonable” for violating it, such as fines or prison time for employees.
The court rejected the discrimination claim, ruling that German law covers discrimination based on race, ethnicity or religion, but not nationality.
Earlier this month, a video was published on Facebook by an Arab-Israeli web star named Nuseir Yassin in which he raged over the discrimination he was subjected to by the airline as a result of his Israeli passport.
Germany’s Central Council of Jews condemned the ruling, calling it “unbearable that a foreign company operating based on deeply anti-Semitic national laws is allowed to be active in Germany.”