Protecting Israeli Citizens against Discrimination in Germany?

Last week, the district court of Frankfurt/Main issued a verdict that Kuwait Airways was allowed to refuse an Israeli citizen on its flight. The decision gained widespread international news coverage: Amidst concerns about rising antisemitism in Europe, many parts of the public were alarmed by what the mayor of Frankfurt described as anti-Semitic discriminatory practices that violated German law and international standards. In the following we take a close look at the legal issues involved in this case and discuss whether or not it might have been possible to come to a different conclusion.

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Über Antisemiten, und wen man als solchen bezeichnen darf

Kann ein Israelkritiker einer jüdischen Organisation, die ihn des Antisemitismus beschuldigt, diesen Vorwurf kurzerhand gerichtlich verbieten lassen? Das kann er, so der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte, wenn es für diesen Vorwurf keine hinreichende Faktengrundlage gibt. Grund genug, sich Gedanken zu machen, was es mit dieser Art, von der Meinungsfreiheit Gebrauch zu machen, auf sich hat.

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Dieudonné before the Strasbourg Court: Negationism isn’t freedom of expression

Satire is protected by the right to freedom of expression. Holocaust denial is not. This is the bottom line of yesterday’s decision by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of the French comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, notorious for his frequent run-ins with French courts for antisemitic speech, defamation, or advocation of terrorism, and also known for his political involvement with right-wing extremists.

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