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German probe launched after Kuwaiti airline turns away Israeli passenger

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Kuwait Airways has refused to drop its ban on Israelis despite lawsuits

A German ministry has opened an investigation into Kuwait Airways' refusal to allow an Israeli passenger to board a flight, the Jewish Telegraph (JTA) reported this week.

The investigation was reportedly opened by Berlin's transport minister, while the Israeli, who tried to board a flight to Thailand, has launched a lawsuit against the airline.

Reports of the investigation came a month after an Arab-Israeli social media star published a video denouncing Kuwait Airways' ban on Israeli passengers after being turned away when he tried to board a flight to India.

"This is daylight discrimination, and it should be illegal," Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas, said in the video.

The airline halted its flights between European cities in 2016 in the wake of lawsuits filed in Switzerland in the name of an Israeli, and in 2015 it stopped its flights from New York to London when the United States demanded that it drop its ban on Israeli passengers.

The airline justifies its ban by pointing to a Kuwaiti law that prevents citizens from dealing "with entities or persons residing in Israel, or with Israeli citizenship."

"Our team will continue to pursue legal action until the German Government makes clear that Kuwait Airways must either comply with the law or cease doing business in their country," Brooke Goldstein, director of the Lawfare Project, a practice assisting the Israeli in his lawsuit, told JTA.

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end all Kuwaiti air flights to Western countries including overflight permissions. put "Air anti-Semites" out of business!

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