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Kuwait Airways can bar Israeli passengers, German court rules

Kuwait Airways canceled an Israeli passenger's ticket because of their citizenship. Nothing wrong with that, said a court in Frankfurt — and provoked an outcry.

A court in the German city of Frankfurt ruled on Thursday that Kuwait Airways was within its rights to refuse to transport an Israeli because of their citizenship.

In its judgement, the court said it was "not reasonable" for the airline to transport a person if doing so risked severe legal consequences for its employees in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti law prohibits companies from doing business with Israelis.

The passenger had sued the airline for discrimination after it refused to fly him from Frankfurt to Bangkok via Kuwait City in 2016.

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