Egyptian MP proposes ‘extra grade points’ for students who vote in presidential elections

In this file photo, election officials wait for voters inside a polling station on the second day of voting in the Egyptian election of 2014. (REUTERS)
Updated 25 February 2018
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Egyptian MP proposes ‘extra grade points’ for students who vote in presidential elections

A parliamentarian in Egypt has reportedly suggested that students who take part in the upcoming nationwide presidential elections should be allocated “extra grade points” for their participation.
Member of Parliament Dina Abdel Aziz was quoted as saying that her idea is aimed at encouraging students to participate in the election process.
Speaking on the phone to an Egyptian talk show on Saturday, she said she had discussed the idea with followers of her personal Facebook account, denying that she intended to bring up the subject in the parliament.
“The proposal is based on motivating students between the ages of 18 to 22 years to participate in the political process in accordance with Article 82 of the constitution, which stipulates that the state shall ensure the welfare of young people and youth, and to discover their talents and develop their abilities in all fields,” she said, as quoted by Al-Masry El-Youm.
Presidential elections in Egypt are set to take place from March 26- 28 with only two candidates running — current president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and political figure Mousa Mostafa Mousa.


German court says Kuwait Airways can bar Israeli passengers

Updated 25 September 2018
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German court says Kuwait Airways can bar Israeli passengers

  • The case was brought by an Israeli student living in Germany
  • Frankfurt court ruled that because the flight required a stopover in Kuwait City, it was “factually impossible” to transport the passenger

FRANKFURT: A German appeals court on Tuesday ruled that it could not prevent Kuwait Airways from banning Israeli passengers, even though it believed the policy amounted to discrimination.
The case was brought by an Israeli student living in Germany, who in 2016 bought a ticket online to travel from Frankfurt to Bangkok with Kuwait Airways.
The state-owned airline canceled the ticket soon after saying Kuwaiti law prohibits all commercial relations with Israelis and Israeli companies.
The higher regional court in Frankfurt ruled that because the flight required a stopover in Kuwait City, which is under Kuwaiti jurisdiction, it was “factually impossible” for the airline to transport the passenger.
The finding was similar to a ruling reached by a lower German court last year.
In a statement, the court acknowledged that the outcome was “unsatisfying” for the plaintiff but said it had no choice but to dismiss his demand to be able to book a new journey to Bangkok with Kuwait Airways.
A request for financial compensation was also denied.
The judges nevertheless slammed Kuwait’s Israel boycott as discriminatory and “incompatible with German values,” but said changing it was a matter for politicians.
The non-profit Lawfare project, which is representing the Israeli passenger, said it was considering a further appeal.
“This is a tragic day for German law,” said Lawfare’s executive director Brooke Goldstein.
“Rather than be held accountable before the law, the court has rewarded Kuwait Airways for its anti-Semitism.”
In 2015, Kuwait Airways opted to scrap all its flights between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow after US authorities threatened legal action over its refusal to sell tickets to Israelis.