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March 4, 2014 12:46 am

UAE’s Etihad Airways Removes Israel From Flight Map, Won’t Serve Israelis

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An airline owned by the United Arab Emirates has refused to allow Israelis on board and has removed Israel from its in-flight map, the New York Post reported Monday.

On Etihad Airways flights, a map of the official travel route shows Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other countries, but leaves out the Jewish state and its major cities. Etihad is the sole airline that provides service between Abu Dhabi and U.S. cities and is a partner of American Airlines.

In 2010 the carrier even began teaching its flight agents how to identify Israeli travelers by their “accents and traits,” the BBC reported.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security spends $425,000 annually on a pre-clearance customs facility for Etihad at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Post reported. The facility allows Abu Dhabi travelers going to the United States to clear customs more easily and skip long lines.

Upon hearing of the airline’s discrimination, Justin Ross Lee, a Jewish travel expert from Manhattan, told the Post he would never fly on Ethiad.

“As a frequent flier who holds both U.S. and Israeli passports, I would sooner donate my miles to Hezbollah than travel on Etihad Airways,” said Lee, 30. “I’d probably be interrogated less.”

Last May, 11 U.S. senators blasted then Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for funding the facility. They said Etihad would be the only carrier to benefit from the facility, which opened in January and handles fewer than 1,000 travelers a day.

In response to the report of Ethiad’s discrimination, State Department representative Peter Boogaard said, “DHS doesn’t condone discrimination of any kind, and a pre-clearance agreement in no way suggests support for any specific airline or policy.”

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  • kainaat

    Good decision. Its their right to protest. Any country violating human rights and butchering people should get the same treatment. Glad to know some Arabs still have a conscience.

  • Riffat

    I’m very happy to hear that etihad has blocked out Israel from their world map after their state sponsored terrorism and their Israeli settlers who mistreat and brutally victimise Palestinians since 1947! Israel and Israeli travellers deserve no right to board the plane owned by Muslims. I hope more and more Muslims block Israel from
    using their services in shaa Allah! Israel deserves humiliation after humiliating our Palestinian brothers and sisters by reducing them to slavery and denominating them in fascist ways so they have no right of movement in their land and povert, Israel has reduced our people to refugee camps and refugee status.

  • Nick

    Why is this even a big deal and who cares! Eithad carried over 1,000 passengers with Israeli passports! Get your facts correct…

  • Lone Star

    Deny Etihad landing rights in the U.S.

  • queen esther

    ETIHAD SHOULD BE CALLLED ETIHATE.
    BETTER ETIHAD LOSE ITS POWER TOGETHER WITH ITS ARROGANCE AND
    DECEIT AND THEN TRUTH WILL SPROUT AND HAVE ITS TRUE HOME TO SHOW AND TO BE HUMBLY ACKNOWLEDGED AND GLORIFIED IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL. IT WILL. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME. THIS TIME IT WILL COME VIA DIVINE TIMING.
    ENOUGH TRUTH SAID AT THIS POINT IN TIME.
    AT THIS POINT OF TRUTH AND AT EVERY POINT OF TRUTH I SHALL REJOICE AND SING. HALELUYAH!

    • HH

      @queen esther

      The reason why I think you need education on your history. It’s spelt HALLELUJAH not HALELUYAH. Rejoice to that after you have spelt it properly.

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