German court rules Kuwait Airways can ban Israelis

A German court has ruled that a Kuwaiti airline was within its rights to refuse to carry an Israeli citizen, BBC reports. The ruling angered Jewish groups and others, who argued that it condoned anti-Semitism.

The story has been reported by The Times of Israel:

An Israeli citizen, who was identified in court papers as Adar M., a student 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 man refused the offer and filed the lawsuit, seeking compensation for alleged discrimination. He also insisted the airline should have to accept him as a passenger.The cancellation came a few days before M.’s scheduled departure in August 2016 when he revealed he had an Israeli passport. The airline offered to book him on a nonstop flight to Bangkok with another carrier.

The Frankfurt court said the airline was respecting the laws of Kuwait, which does not recognise the state of Israel.