The ruling of the German court that Kuwaits National Airline is not obliged to transport an Israeli citizen has caused embarrassment in the relevant circles.
An Israeli citizen, living in Germany, sued Kuwait Airways after it canceled his booking for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok that included a stop-over in Kuwait City.The cancellation came a few days before his scheduled departure in August 2016. The airline offered to book him on a nonstop flight to Bangkok with another carrier. The man refused the offer and filed the lawsuit, seeking compensation for alleged discrimination. The court rejected his discrimination claim ruling that German law covers discrimination based on race, ethnicity or religion, but not nationality.
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.”
“This is an embarrassing ruling for democracy and for Germany,” lawyer Nathan Gelbart said. “It cannot be allowed to stand like this.”