Lufthansa Senior Executives Meet with Jewish Community Leaders to Discuss Anti-Semitic Incident and Fallout

Lufthansa Senior Executives Meet with Jewish Community Leaders to Discuss Anti-Semitic Incident and Fallout

Senior executives from Lufthansa airlines met with Jewish community leaders on Thursday to discuss the anti-Semitic incident that occurred at the Lufthansa desk in Frankfurt airport on May 4th, when nearly 130 Jewish passengers were denied boarding from a connecting flight to Budapest. The incident was widely reported at the time by DansDeals and others, and Lufthansa has since apologized and done other work including reaching out to individuals who were denied boarding.


At the meeting, arranged by David Rosenberg, Director of the New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance, a senior executive with Lufthansa updated the group of the investigation into the incident. 


The meeting was attended by Frank Naeve, Lufthansa’s Vice President of sales in The Americas and Tal Muscal, Lufthansa’s Head of Corporate Communications in The Americas, as well as Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of OJPAC (Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council), and a local businessman and community activist, Meyer Tauber.


Mr. Naeve, gave the group a briefing of what Lufthansa is doing to investigate and review the incident, including the policies that may have led to the incident, and what needs to be changed in terms of better training of their employees, Yossi Gestetner told Rockland Daily.


The Lufthansa executives also told the community leaders that Lufthansa is working with an outside law firm to review the incident, and with Germany’s Dr. Felix Klein, Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, to review and better train all Lufthansa employees going forward.


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