US SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER CALLS FOR ISSUING FINES TO AIRLINES FOR DISCRIMINATING BASED ON NATIONAL ORIGIN OF ISRAELI CITIZENS

The Lawfare Project, New York, headed by Attornet Brooke Goldstein, recently reported tha the Kuwait Airways (KA) has a policy of refusing to transport Israeli nationals, which constitutes unlawful discrimination based on national origin.

Brooke’s first book, co-authored with Aaron Eitan Meyer and entitled Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech: A First Amendment Guide For Reporting in an Age of Islamist Lawfare, gives practical guidance to journalists who wish to speak truthfully about the national security threats faced by liberal democracies.

Last week, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer issued the following press release, calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to penalize airlines that violate federal legislation by discriminating against Israeli citizens based on their national origin. The Lawfare Project applauds Senator Schumer for his outspoken dedication to protecting citizens of all nations against such blatantly disparate treatment.

A copy of Schumer’s letter is below:

Dear Secretary Foxx:

I am respectfully writing today to bring your attention to an important civil rights matter affecting international air travel originating out of the United States. There are a number of airlines-including Kuwait Airways-that do not permit Israeli nationals living in the United States board flights to locations where these individuals have permission to travel. For instance, Mr. Eldad Gatt, a citizen of the State of Israel, tried to fly on November 14, 2013 from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, to London’s Heathrow airport on Kuwait Airways. Kuwait Airways did not permit Mr. Gatt to book this flight because it does not accept passports issued by Israel as valid travel documents.

As you know, there is a very clear statute-49 USC § 40127-that prohibits discrimination by all air carriers on the basis of national origin. Specifically it says “an air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry.”

I believe the Department of Transportation must require any airline to take any person from America on any flight where they have a legal means (i.e. a visa or some other status) to enter that country. If an airline refuses, that is discrimination, and should be fined and enjoined under our laws. Discrimination should not be permitted by any air carrier who seeks to collect revenues from American passengers.

I urge you to take action to resolve this issue of discrimination and I look forward to discussing this matter with you at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

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