German state exhorts gov't to ban Kuwait Airlines over Israel discrimination
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The parliament of the central German state Hesse unanimously passed a resolution on Friday calling on Chancellor Angela Merkel and the federal government to stop Kuwait Airways from operating in Germany due to the airline's ban on Israeli passengers.
As Kuwait does not recognize Israel, its law prohibits companies from doing business with Israelis.
“Such legislation is contrary to the principles of an open society and is not only an ‘anti-Israeli’ policy, but also a clearly anti-Semitic one,” the resolution read.
The issue has come to light as a German court recently upheld Kuwait Airways' right to refuse to carry Israelis aboard its flights. The case involved an Israeli student living in Frankfurt who sued the airline for canceling his ticket due to his nationality.
Christian Democratic Union parliamentary leader Michael Boddenberg called the resolution “a clear signal against anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli policy,” according to the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper.
Just a week earlier, the German Justice Department Christian Lange made a similar entreaty, implying a certain level of hypocrisy for a country that pledges to never again allow for a holocaust while tolerating an airline's discriminatory policy against Israelis.
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