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London Mayor Boris Johnson Forces Emirates Airlines to Change Stipulation Excluding Israel From Cable Car Dealings

July 17, 2013 12:25 pm 7 comments

The Emirates Air Line towers. Photo: Wikipedia.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has interjected himself into a controversy surrounding a sponsorship deal between Transport for London and Emirates Airlines for the Thames Cable Car.

It came to light earlier this week that TfL, the local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system in London, signed a contract with Emirates, sponsor of the Thames Cable Car, in which it must abide by United Arab Emirates rules on having no ties to Israel or Israeli businesses.

However, Johnson said he was unaware of the stipulation when the contract was signed, and ordered TfL to renegotiate the contract in good faith.

The mayor’s official spokesman said: “The mayor was unaware of the clause in question, the details having been drawn up by TfL officials. When he was told about the clause yesterday he asked Sir Peter Hendy to speak to Emirates.”

“Following those discussions Emirates agreed to remove the clause and re-work the wording. The mayor is pleased Emirates has moved quickly to clarify the situation.”

Zionist Federation chairman Paul Charney, who earlier in the week slammed the deal, welcomed the news, saying, “I would personally like to thank Sir Peter Hendy from TfL for urgently resolving this matter with Emirates Airlines. We must remain vigilant against any back-door attempts to boycott Israel in the UK.”

The Emirates Air Line cable car connects the Docklands area on the north bank of the Thames with Greenwich on the south bank. It opened in June last year, ahead of the Olympics, and was praised by Mayor Johnson.

7 Comments

  • Aaron Rosloff

    Hurray for the Brits. It’s about time they stopped letting others lead them by the nose.
    Aaron

  • David Lawton

    Though I’m not to keen on the London Mayor Boris Johnson, you have to hand it to him here, come on Boris stand up for Israel and fair play.

    • John Galt, Jr

      What’s really the alternative in London? The prior mayor,’Red’ Ken Livingaton, the embodiment of bigotry?

  • We need to be told why the contract was approved for signature and by whom. If it was signed because it was not properly and fully checked, the person responsible should be censured, but if it was intentional, they must be sacked for accepting foreign “jurisdiction” over any part of the UK.
    Let’s have some answers from you, Boris!

  • What worries me is the increasing invasion by the Emirates into OUR western cities with their dirty petrol dollar. Why are our gutless politicians selling us out to this totalitarian regime? The Emirates have bought half of Paris (and century old world heritage buildings are burning down, mysteriously, because there were some objections to renovations such as a CAR LIFT,they have turned Qantas (formerly our Australian iconic airline) into an Islamic airline ie no more pork served on the menu, no cooking with alcohol and certainly no security for Jewish travellers, if they are allowed on anyway.

    I will not be grateful for little crumbs from politicians, I want them to STOP the Islamic invasion we are subjected to.

    • Pamela Deane Chester

      Ms. Rita, you have written what many want to say but haven’t the courage, which is shameful of us. Evil happens so fast. I suspect that contract was signed “in the darkness of night!”. Beware.

  • This s great example of upholding the virtues of equality and impartiality in today’s biased world.

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