Air France fined for forcing pro-Palestinian activist off Tel Aviv flight

  • Air France has been found guilty of discrimination for forcing off a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.

    On Thursday, a French court concluded this was a clear-cut case of racial discrimination and ordered the national carrier to pay $17,000 in fines and damages.

    Horia Ankour was planning to fly to Tel Aviv from Nice to join other activists in a pro-Palestinian campaign.

    The incident took place during what was dubbed by the media the "flytilla" campaign in April last year, when hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists set out to fly to Israel and make their way to the occupied West Bank.

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

    After answering "No" to both questions, she was escorted off the plane.

    According to Air France, she was on a list “undesirables” provided by Israel. The company has said it will appeal.

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