Woman Barred From Kuwait Airways Flight Over Israeli Citizenship



An Israeli citizen who has lived in the United States for 15 years was barred from boarding a Kuwait Airways flight to London, according to a new report by the New York Daily News.

Iris Eliazarov, 26, moved to the U.S. when she was 11. She holds an American green card, but her passport is Israeli. On Nov. 1, 2014, Eliazarov arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport to catch a Kuwait Airways flight to London, but she was not allowed to board. Her husband, David Nektalov, an American citizen traveling on a U.S. passport, was allowed on the flight.

A Kuwaiti law prohibits Israeli citizens from traveling on the country’s national air carrier. Eliazarov has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the airline, claiming that its policy violated her civil rights.

“This experience has awakened the nightmare of the experience of the Jewish people in Europe in the last century,” Eliazarov wrote in her affidavit.

John Maggio, an attorney for Kuwait Airways, told the New York Daily News that the lawsuit has no merit because the airline’s policy is based on passengers’ citizenship, not their religion.




  1. Serves the woman right. What was she doing, trying to board an Arab airline in the first place? Its like a Jew trying to push himself onto a German cattle car.

  2. Its simple. If you search for a ticket to London through Priceline, Orbitz or various other travel retailers, one of the airlines will be Air India. However, there’s a catch. While Air India does some of those flights, others are through their partner Kuwait Airways! Check it out before you criticize this woman.

    This happened to me last year. I ended up flying through Kuwait Airways to London. The people working at the counter are employees of Air India! (You can check out their counter in terminal 4 of JFK.)

  3. I would love to see what would happen if EL AL would deny an Arab from boarding their flight. Every news station would have a field day. But in this case you don’t even hear about it.


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