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Kuwait Airways will pay damages to Israeli passenger refused ticket

Kuwait Airways agreed to pay damages plus legal costs to an Israeli who was refused a ticket on a flight from London to Bangkok on the grounds of her nationality.

Mandy Blumenthal, with the help of UK Lawyers for Israel, had claimed damages against the airline for racial discrimination and harassment after she tried to buy a return ticket to the Thai capital at Heathrow Airport in November.

Blumenthal’s encounter at the Kuwait Airways desk was filmed and the video is available on YouTube. It shows that Kuwait Airways was prepared to sell her the ticket but refused once it saw the Israeli passport. The ticket clerk repeatedly explained that “Israeli passport holders are not permitted to travel on Kuwait Airways.”

The airline has agreed to pay Blumenthal damages but without admitting liability, UK Lawyers for Israel said. The report did not say how much the airline was willing to pay.

“The law is clear: Direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal,” said David Berens, one of Blumenthal’s attorneys. “Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the UK altogether.”

“It is horrible to be singled out, to be told you are not allowed to do something because of who you are,” Blumenthal said. “In my mind it is an anti-Semitic policy to single out the only Jewish state to boycott.”

In 2016, Kuwait Airways ended its New York to London service over its refusal to carry Israeli passengers, which prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue the firm an ultimatum.

The airline has also been taken to court in Germany for refusing to fly Israelis, but a court in Frankfurt ruled the practice was legal.

Billboards erected in support of vandalized Indiana synagogue

Billboards were erected in support of an Indiana synagogue that was targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti. The billboard’s message is “LOVE” with a Star of David inside the “O.”

.“We just wanted to put a positive message out there. We just thought, what’s more positive than love,” “Chris Iverson, vice president and general manager of Lamar Advertising, told WISH-TV.

Four billboards went up along two major highways near Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Another 12 digital billboards with the same message are found throughout the state, according to the report.

A black swastika surrounded by a red background and the German and Nazi Military Iron Cross were painted Saturday, July 28 on a wall at Shaarey Tefilla, a Conservative synagogue near Indianapolis with 200-member families.

Hundreds also attended a community solidarity gathering at the synagogue.

Israeli hospitals see record baby boom

Several hospitals in Israel have reported record-breaking numbers of deliveries of newborns.

Maternity wards in most of Israel’s hospitals are at capacity, with some mothers being referred to other departments and others having their babies delivered in hallways, Ynet reported Thursday, Aug. 9.

The uptick is connected to rising fertility rates and the fact that there is a significantly higher number of births during the summer months compared to winter, according to the report. August is typically the month with the most births.

In 2016, Israel had 181,405 deliveries – August led the way with 16,540 – and a fertility rate of 3.11 children per mother. It’s by far the highest fertility rate among the members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which has 34 industrialized nations. Israel had a fertility rate of four children per mother in 1970, but it dropped to 2.9 by 1999 before climbing to its current level.

The average fertility rate within the OECD is 1.7 children per mother.

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