First the victory, which was set in motion when an Israeli living in Geneva tried—and failed—to book a ticket on a Kuwait Airways flight. The Israeli then launched an anti-discrimination lawsuit and the rest, as they say, is history (H/t--VR):
The Lawfare Project has won an extraordinary victory against Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and the Arab League boycott of Israel. A week after Lawfare Project Swiss Counsel Philippe Grumbach filed civil and criminal complaints against KAC in Geneva, the airline has halted all inter-European routes, effective immediately.
All KAC flights between the United States and Europe were previously terminated last December, after the U.S. Department of Transportation determined that the airline was unequivocally operating in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws.
After the filing of the Swiss actions, the airline was put on notice that "other KAC flights in Europe not routed through Kuwait may be targeted for similar complaints." LP had in fact engaged French counsel Pascal Markowicz and German Counsel Nathan Gelbart for parallel actions, but before they could file in their respective jurisdictions, KAC proactively terminated all of these routes to avoid further civil and criminal charges. The airline was obviously aware of its acute vulnerability to judicial findings of illegality and the levying of crippling associated penalties.
Here's the part that exposes the adamant nature of Arab hatred:
Got that? Their hatred of Israel is so demented and so profound that they would sooner scupper their own business than not discriminate against one particular nationality.
By cancelling these lucrative flight paths rather than admitting Israelis on KAC flights, the airline--a wholly owned instrumentality of the Kuwaiti government--is demonstrating its commitment to discrimination even while exposing itself to enormous pecuniary loss.
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