Anti-Israel lawyer filmed threatening airline staff with boycott for not giving her wine

She claimed to be 'leader of the f***ing boycott movement' as she ranted at Air India cabin crew mid-flight


An anti-Israel human rights lawyer has been filmed ranting at Air India staff and threatening the airline with a boycott if they did not give her a glass of wine.

Simone O’Broin, 50, was filmed claiming she was "leader of the f***ing boycott movement" as she waved her arms around in front of cabin staff and shouting: “If I say "boycott" - f***ing Air India, done", during a flight to Heathrow from Mumbai.

She says: “Do you understand me? You can't give me a wee bottle of wine?”

She adds: "Give me a bottle of wine and game over."

In a tirade captured by passenger and journalist, Tarun Shukla, Ms O’Broin can be heard threatening to take the airline to court.

The video footage shows the Ms O’Broin shouting: “I’m a f***ing international criminal lawyer and a barrister.”

After screaming at the cabin crew, she turns her attention to her fellow business class passengers, and accuses them of not “standing up against injustice”.

Ms O’Broin told the cabin crew “I work for all you people” before referring to the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis in Burma.

According to the Times Ms O’Broin was born in Belfast and trained as a lawyer, and worked in Palestine for several years.

She wrote a paper accusing Israel of genocide over its treatment of the Palestinians, who were "a group struggling for self-determination against a colonial, racist regime," she said.

It is understood that Ms O’Broin, who is also known as Simone Burns, lives in Hove, and had not slept for two nights following flight problems.

When approached by the Daily Mail, she replied: “No comment.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a 50-year-old woman was arrested at Heathrow on November 10.

The woman was held on suspicion of racially aggravated public order, common assault and being drunk and disorderly. She was released under investigation.

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive