An Israeli woman who has lived in the United States for the last 15 years was barred from boarding a London-bound Kuwait Airways flight in New York because of her Israeli citizenship.
Times of Israel Iris Eliazarov, 26, who came to the United States when she was 11 and has a green card, was barred from the November 1 Kuwait Airways flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to London, The New York Daily News reported Friday. Her husband, David Nektalov, a US citizen, was allowed to board the flight.
A Kuwaiti law prohibits Israeli citizens from flying on Kuwait Airways. Eliazarov has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the airline, which argues that the airline policy violates both state and federal civil rights laws. “I didn’t think discrimination like this could exist in America, at JFK [Airport], in New York City. If they want to operate here, they have to obey U.S. laws.”
The airline’s attorney John Maggio told the newspaper that the suit has no merit because the policy is based on citizenship, not religion. He said that a Muslim with an Israeli passport also would not be allowed on the plane. (On the other hand, why would any Jew want to fly on an Arab-Muslim airline?)