Airline Fined for Kicking Non-Jewish Flyer Off Plane
Pro-Palestinian activist was removed for having no Israeli passport
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
Undated file photo made available by Airbus, showing an Airbus A330-200 jetliner from the French company Air France.   (AP Photo/Airbus)

(Newser) – A French court has fined Air France nearly $13,000 for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight headed for Tel Aviv, Israel, UPI reports. The airline was also ordered to pay about $3,900 to the passenger, 30-year-old Horia Ankour, who was trying to attend a "Welcome to Palestine" event in the Palestinian territories. It all started when an employee on the flight last April asked Ankour whether she had an Israeli passport.

Ankour said no, and said no again when asked whether she was Jewish. At that point she was escorted from the plane. French prosecutors argued that Air France had discriminated against Ankour, and the court agreed. Following pressure from Israel, Europe's major airlines canceled about 300 tickets surrounding the pro-Palestinian campaign, AFP reports.

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Apr 7, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
Please explain how this is any different than when Canada didn't allow the Westboro Baptists into their country because they didn't want their brand of trouble, or Germany barring US pastor Terry Jones from entering their country?
Apr 7, 2013 9:20 AM CDT
Well it's been about fifteen minutes. That means Newser will be having another article pertaing to Jews, Israel, a tree that a Jew looked at, A plane that Jews flew on, or Hitler . Go check it out.
Apr 7, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Not surprisingly, Israel partisans are defending Israeli actions. One, in fact, goes back decades to bring up the Entebbe incident as a reason to discriminate against non-Jews. However, if we're going to look into history, please remember that it is Israel that was the first nation on earth to skyjack a civilian airliner. As its foreign minister at the time wrote in his journal: "I have no reason to doubt the truth of the factual affirmation of the U.S. State Department that our action was without precedent in the history of international practice. What shocks and worries me is the narrow-mindedness and the short-sightedness of our military leaders. They seem to presume that the state of Israel may—or even must—behave in the realm of international relations according to the laws of the jungle." See "Israel Was First Nation to Skyjack A Civilian Airliner," by Donald Neff on the website of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.