AIRLINE KILLS U.S. ROUTE TO AVOID SERVING JEWS
Kuwait Airways dropping New York-London flights
An international airline has dropped its New York-to-London route to avoid selling tickets to Jews.
Kuwait Airways canceled the route after the U.S. government ordered the company based in the Muslim nation to lift the prohibition.
WND reported in November that lawyer Jeffrey A. Lovitky pursued the complaint on behalf of a Jewish traveler who was refused service.
“Kuwait Airways is acting at the explicit direction of the government of Kuwait in excluding Israeli citizens from its flights between New York and London,” he told WND.
The carrier bans Jews from its flights to Muslim nations that don’t allow Jews to enter. But that’s not an issue on the flight from New York to London, Lovitky argued.
The New York Post reported Kuwait Airways announced Dec. 15 it canceled the route, explaining it can’t allow Israelis on the flight because Kuwait prohibits its citizens from doing business with citizens of the Jewish state.
The move was pre-emptive, as U.S. officials were preparing to withdraw the airline’s permission to fly to New York.
The airline several times has refused to let travelers who hold passports from Israel buy tickets on New York-to-London flights.
“If you’re so anti-Semitic that you would rather cancel a flight than provide service to Israeli passport holders, then good riddance,” Councilman Rory Lancman told the Post.
He said it is unconscionable that Kuwait would discriminate against Israelis when it was the United States, including its Jewish soldiers, that liberated the nation from Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s.
The airline said it will still fly from New York City to Kuwait. Since Kuwait denies entry to Israelis, citizens of the Jewish state can’t buy tickets on that flight.
It was Eldad Gatt, an Israeli citizen, who had tried to buy a ticket on the New York-to-London flight in the fall of 2013.
His lawyer said his lawsuit against the airline over its discrimination will
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