Pro-Palestinian activist who was jailed for racist rant on plane found dead
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Pro-Palestinian activist who was jailed for racist rant on plane found dead

Simone Burns, who had been head researcher at a Palestinian rights organization, discovered on beach in England; police treating incident as suicide

Screen capture from video of rights activist and international lawyer Simone O’Broin, during an altercation on an Air India flight. (YouTube)
Screen capture from video of rights activist and international lawyer Simone O’Broin, during an altercation on an Air India flight. (YouTube)

A disgraced pro-Palestinian activist from Britain who was jailed for staging a rowdy and racist scene aboard an airplane was found dead in what police are treating as a suicide.

The lifeless body of Simone Burns, 50, also known as Simone O’Broin, was found last month on a beach, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Sussex Police said in a statement that “a body of a woman found at Beachy Head on June 1 has been identified as Simone Burns.”

Police confirmed her death “is not being treated as suspicious” and next of kin have been informed, the newspaper said.

פורסם על ידי ‏‎Simone O'Broin‎‏ ב- יום שישי, 27 באפריל 2018

Burns was not known to have life-threatening medical issues. According to the report, her death came days after she was released from prison.

Last year, Burns was filmed threatening to boycott Air India unless she was served more wine on the business class flight from Mumbai to London.

She was filmed spitting in the face of one steward and shouting that she was “an international criminal lawyer for the f***ing Palestinian people” in an inebriated rant.

A friend of Burns told the Telegraph that her “world fell apart” following the conviction.

Under the name of O’Broin, she co-authored a research paper with former UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories.

During her four-minute rant, which was filmed and uploaded to social networks where it went viral, she called a female crew member “Indian f***ing money grabbing bastard,” shouting that she will “turn you inside f***ing out, you f***ing stupid c***s.”

Burns, who worked as a head researcher for the anti-Israel BADIL Palestinian rights organization as late as 2011, said that she is a “leader of the f***ing boycott movement,” adding: “If I say boycott f***ing Air India, done.”

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