Anti-Israel lawyer, jailed for racist rant on Air India flight, found dead
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Anti-Israel lawyer, jailed for racist rant on Air India flight, found dead

She was discharged from prison on licence in May and found dead days later at Beachy Head

Screenshot of the video showing Simone O’Broin abusing staff
Screenshot of the video showing Simone O’Broin abusing staff

An anti-Israel activist and human rights lawyer jailed after a racist rant at cabin crew on an Air India flight has been found dead, it has been revealed.

Simone Burns, 50, also known as Simone O’Broin, was jailed for six months after she 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.

She was discharged from prison on licence on May 20 and found dead at the foot of the Beachy Head cliffs in East Sussex on June 1, the Telegraph reported today.

Sussex Police confirmed her death is not being treated as suspicious and next of kin have been informed. The matter has been passed to the Coroner’s Officer.

A friend, who did not wish to be named, told the newspaper that her “world fell apart” after her conviction and the four-minute clip of her rant went viral.

The court heard in April that she had no recollection of the incident and it was claimed the episode was out of character, the newspaper reported.

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