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

(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.

Undated file photo made available by Airbus, showing an Airbus A330-200 jetliner from the French company Air France.
Undated file photo made available by Airbus, showing an Airbus A330-200 jetliner from the French company Air France.   (AP Photo/Airbus)
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