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May 4, 2016 10:28 pm

Legal Group Claims ‘Extraordinary Victory’ Against Israel Boycotter Kuwait Airways After Decision to Halt Inter-European Routes

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Kuwait Airways closed its New York-London route after the US Transportation Department demanded that the airline stop illegally discriminating against Israelis. Photo: Steve Fitzgerald via Wikimedia Commons.

Kuwait Airways reportedly closed its inter-European routes in a preemptive move against a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Israelis. Photo: Steve Fitzgerald via Wikimedia Commons.

A nonprofit legal think tank is taking credit for an “extraordinary victory” against the Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) after it reportedly decided to halt all of its inter-European routes allegedly due to the firm’s lawsuit against the airline for its boycott of Israel, the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the Lawfare Project, KAC’s decision comes a week after the firm’s Swiss counsel, Philippe Grumbach, filed criminal and civil complaints against the airline in Geneva. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an Israeli national living in Switzerland who was denied a ticket from Geneva to Frankfurt, Germany.

KAC is a participant of the Arab League boycott of Israel, which the Lawfare Project says “was instituted with the stated goal of delegitimizing and bankrupting the Jewish state.” Israeli citizens are forbidden from boarding all KAC flights. In December, all KAC flights between the US and Europe were cancelled by the airline after the US Department of Transportation found the airline was “unequivocally operating in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws.”

The Lawfare Project said it planned to file similar lawsuits in Germany and France and warned the airline last week, but “KAC proactively terminated all of these routes to avoid further civil and criminal charges,” according to the statement. The legal group said the airline “was obviously aware of its acute vulnerability to judicial findings of illegality and the levying of crippling associated penalties.” 

By cancelling these lucrative flight paths rather than admitting Israelis on KAC flights, the airline — a wholly owned instrumentality of the Kuwaiti government — is demonstrating its commitment to discrimination even while exposing itself to enormous pecuniary loss,” the statement said further.

The KAC decision is a “loud and clear message to Arab League governments and corporations that the legal and financial risks of refusing to deal with Israelis will be disproportionately painful for the boycotters.”

National origin discrimination has no place in global commerce, and these practices will be prosecuted and penalized whenever and wherever they are attempted in the Western world,” the statement added. 

While The Algemeiner was unable to independently verify the Lawfare Project’s claims by the time of publication, a search on KAC’s website shows flights within Europe are unavailable. KAC failed to immediately respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment.

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  • Josh Pactor

    SEC. 201. (a) All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.

  • Josh Pactor

    Except discrimination based on national origin is a violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, so no, they don’t have the right to refuse passengers from any country on flights originating, terminating, or traversing the United States based on race, religion, or national origin.

  • John shrute

    KAC has the right to refuse any Israeli citizen it’s not discrimination to any religion, it’s a political matter. the majority of Israel are Jew’s however, there are some minorities. KAC part of Kuwait government assets and Kuwait doesn’t recognize Israel as country.

  • Rita Crespi

    LOL!!!!!!!!!! No problem here folks! If you have any investments in KAC, I suggest you sell before you lose your money because the handwriting is on the wall!
    The KAC Board of Directors should be jailed for fiduciary irresponsibility to it’s stockholders!

  • Leila

    What an aptly-named airline: KAC!

  • Peter Joffe

    Islam hates Jews because that is what their Book of Instruction, the Quran tells them to be. As long as the Quran is believed there will be no peace in the world. Do I need proof? No, more than 14 centuries of Islam Jew Hatred is all the proof I need. Learn for Israel and her people. Despising Israel’s success is a hindrance to the haters future.