A German court distinguished itself by an unusual ruling where it rejected the appeal for discrimination against an Israeli citizen who was denied access on board a Kuwait Airways aircraft departing from Frankfurt. The case dates back to the 2016, when the man was rejected by a direct flight to Bangkok, despite having a regular ticket. A man had been offered a ticket on another company's flight. The airline defended itself by saying that it acted under a 1964 law that prohibits Kuwaitis from doing business with Israeli citizens. The Frankfurt court gave him reason, stating that it is not reasonable to expect the airline "to respect a contract if, in doing so, violates the law of their country and risks being prosecuted for it. The court added that it was not his job to judge the validity of this law or its conformity or otherwise with German and European law. The passenger has been denied any right to compensation, since the German law applies only to discrimination on religious or ethnic grounds, not relating to citizenship.
Israeli citizen lawyer has promised to resort to appeal, speaking of "shameful" sentence. If a restaurant refuses to serve a man because it is black, we are rightly indignant. And we would not be outraged if this man was offered a voucher for the next restaurant, said lawyer Nathan Gelbart, speaking of "anti-Semitic discrimination." Criticizing the verdict was also the mayor of Frankfurt, Uwe Becker. An airline practicing anti-Semitic discrimination should not be able to take off from Frankfurt or any other German airport and then also said that the Kuwaiti law, which is politically anti-Semitic and prohibits the transport of Israelis, can not be a legal basis for violating the international standards.