Air France fined in pro-Palestinian activist case

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    A French court has found Air France guilty of discrimination for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.

    The court also ordered the airline to pay 13,000 euros (£11,000; $17,000) in fines and damages.
    Horia Ankour had planned to fly to Tel Aviv from Nice to join other activists in a pro-Palestinian campaign.
    Air France said she was on a list undesirables provided by Israel. The company said it would appeal.
    'Flytilla' campaign

    The incident happened during what was dubbed by the media the "flytilla" campaign in April 2012 - when hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists sought to fly to Israel and then make their way to the occupied West Bank.

    Shortly before take-off last April, Ms Ankour, a 30-year-old nursing student, was asked by an Air France employee whether she had an Israeli passport or was Jewish.

    She answered "No" to both questions, and was then escorted off the plane.
    The French court on Thursday concluded this was a clear-cut case of racial discrimination.

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    This is ridiculous. Israel's not going to let her in anyway. Can AF go after her for the money it would cost to fly her back? :rolleyes:

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