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Saudi Airlines refuses to sell tickets to fliers with Israeli passports
NY Post ^ | 7/15/13 | Defalco

Posted on 07/15/2013 7:10:04 AM PDT by pabianice

Something’s not kosher with this airline.

Saudi Arabian Airlines is discriminating against Israeli citizens by refusing to fly them from US airports — even when passengers are simply looking to transfer in Saudi Arabia to another country, The Post has learned.

The airline’s Web site asks for citizenship to book a ticket but has no option on a drop-down menu for anyone holding an Israeli passport. The oversight doesn’t appear accidental — the drop-down menu is so thorough it even has an option for Antarctica.

“No city in the world has closer ties to Israel than we do, and yet Israeli citizens are being discriminated against right here at JFK. It’s not only illegal; it’s an affront to who we are,” said Public Advocate, and mayoral candidate, Bill de Blasio, who conducted a recent telephone sting on the Mideast nation’s airline.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: saudiarabia
I believe we give these Arabian bums $1.8B a year in military aid.
1 posted on 07/15/2013 7:10:04 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

The real question to me is if I’m an Israeli then why the hell would I want to fly on Saudi Airlines to begin with? Or any other airline from a Mulim country?


2 posted on 07/15/2013 7:13:57 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: pabianice
This has always been the case. As a diplomat we were all advised to never, never, never have an Israeli entry or exit stamp in a passport being used in an Arab country. If you had a stamp, the US Department of State would issue you another Passport or replace the one you have when traveling to these heathen sheikdoms.
3 posted on 07/15/2013 7:14:07 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: pabianice

No problem. Just deny Soddy Airlines landing rights at JFK and every other airport in the country.


4 posted on 07/15/2013 7:14:36 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 0.E.O

Exactly my first thought.


5 posted on 07/15/2013 7:15:49 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: pabianice

Tell them they will lose every terminal they have in the USA if they do not change their policy within 24 hours.


6 posted on 07/15/2013 7:16:05 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Jumper

I have heard the same.

Anecdotally, I believe that I read somewhere that you could ask Israeli customs officials not to stamp your visa because you were going to (or may in the future) be travelling to a Muslim country.

I could easily picture a Syrian customs official denying entry to a normal US citizen who had an Israeli visa stamp on their passport - but seriously would/could that same customs official actually deny entry to someone who was a State Department diplomat?


7 posted on 07/15/2013 7:20:14 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Jumper

I have an Israeli stamp in my passport. I got it intentionally after having to spend time in Riyhad.

Inbred, goat humping, cave savages.


8 posted on 07/15/2013 7:20:19 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: pabianice

Never forget that 19 of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis, that the fundamentalist Wahhabi that fund and inspire worldwide Islamic terrorism operate openly in Saudi Arabia and are funded by the Saudi government. For a moment imagine what the Russians or Chinese would have done if 19 Saudis hijacked four of their airliners, crashed them into the heart of their country, killed over three thousand of their citizens and caused $2 trillion in economic damages. Doubt they would have invaded Iraq.


9 posted on 07/15/2013 7:21:12 AM PDT by allendale
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To: MplsSteve

That is true..Israel’s been doing that for decades..


10 posted on 07/15/2013 7:22:57 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: pabianice

Anyone would have to out of their minds to fly saudi.


11 posted on 07/15/2013 7:23:48 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: 0.E.O

Really, like you say, I don’t think too many Israelis would fly on them anyway. It’s not an issue just a propoganda tool.

No non-muzzie will fly thru the ME unless it is unavoidable. Dubai being the only exception and that is quite recent. It’s just not safe even if you’re Indian, Chinese, Australian, Indonesian, whatever. It’s just not safe.

Even in Dubai, you can’t kiss your wife, hold hands with her, hug her, etc. And she had better not be showing too much according to the Dubai cultural police at the airport.

Emirates is great but I won’t even fly through Dubai. No thanks my family is too important to save a few bucks.


12 posted on 07/15/2013 7:24:27 AM PDT by Principled
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To: pabianice
Lets be serious.
How many people from Israel are really going to want to go to Saudi Arabia?
Its not as if Saudi Arabia is flying New York to London or anywhere else. They fly JFK to Saudi Arabia, with stops in Saudi Arabia.
13 posted on 07/15/2013 7:25:27 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Jumper
This has always been the case.

That's what I thought.

5.56mm

14 posted on 07/15/2013 7:26:18 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Vigilanteman

They only fly to JFK and IAD.


15 posted on 07/15/2013 7:27:10 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: 0.E.O

We have l million Muslim citizens. Many go there to Mecca.


16 posted on 07/15/2013 7:36:14 AM PDT by idov
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To: 0.E.O
The only thing that's surprising about this is that the idiot reporter who wrote the story is surprised. By refusing to allow Israeli passport holders to transit through the KSA the Saudi Airlines desk at JFK is just following orders and, IMHO, doing those people who would even think of trying such a stunt a major favor.

Other than Egypt I don't know of any Arab country that will permit someone in who has an Israeli Customs stamp in their passport, much less someone carrying an Israeli passport. The Israelis know this of course and customarily stamp a piece of paper to be carried loose within a visitor's passport and disposed of on departure. It has been this way for decades.

17 posted on 07/15/2013 7:36:24 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: MplsSteve
I believe that I read somewhere that you could ask Israeli customs officials not to stamp your visa because you were going to (or may in the future) be travelling to a Muslim country.

Two decades ago while working in Yemen, we were warned not to get an Israel stamp in our passport if we wanted to return to work.

We were also told by leaving a blank, loose piece of paper in your passport and explaining where you were working BEFORE handing over your passport, Israel customs would stamp the loose paper in place of your passport.

18 posted on 07/15/2013 7:36:39 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: pabianice

I’m not sure they would even consider an Israeli passport valid. An Israeli visa in a valid US passport may invalidate the US passport in Gulf states and other muslim countries. Either get a removable Israeli visa or another passport just for the Israeli visa.


19 posted on 07/15/2013 7:37:23 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: headstamp 2
Tell them they will lose every terminal they have in the USA if they do not change their policy within 24 hours.

I don't think there's much chance of that given the current occupant of the white house who bows low to the Saudi king.

20 posted on 07/15/2013 7:55:24 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: pabianice
The Saudis also shred Bibles if they are found in your luggage or carry on luggage. Imagine what would happen, if anyone anywhere else in the world, shredded a koran at the customs stations.
21 posted on 07/15/2013 8:04:26 AM PDT by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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To: MplsSteve

It used to be that Israeli immigration would give you an insert to stick in your passport if an Israeli visa stamp might prove inconvenient. A number of U.S. defense contractor personnel are Jewish and visit Israel and Saudi Arabia regularly on business. Most of the Saudis do not mind doing business with Jewish Americans, they feel they are getting the best that money can buy. The Saudis actually have a great deal of respect for the Israelis, and appreciate that they are keeping Iran off their backs, for now. The whole antisemitism shtick is boob-bait for the Arab bubbas.


22 posted on 07/15/2013 8:06:59 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: pabianice

At first my reaction was, why on earth would any Israeli want to fly on Camel Humper Airlines but then I remembered that 70% of Jews in the USA voted for a known communist American hating, Israel hating, White hating, Great Ape.


23 posted on 07/15/2013 8:17:20 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: pabianice

why is this news? saudi arabia is at war with israel. was the USA recognizing passports issued by mussolini in 1942?


24 posted on 07/15/2013 8:21:36 AM PDT by von tirpitz
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Savages with petrodollars. Been that way for much too long.

Soon hopefully the U.S. will tell those moving tea towels what they can do with their oil & where.

I’m planning a visit to Israel later this year.


25 posted on 07/15/2013 8:36:16 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: pabianice

This is disgusting, but...the chances are slim nonexistent that I would try to buy a ticket on a muslim-owned airline if I had an Israeli passport.


26 posted on 07/15/2013 8:55:37 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: headstamp 2
Tell them they will lose every terminal they have in the USA if they do not change their policy within 24 hours.

It will be at least 3 1/2 years before that can happen.

27 posted on 07/15/2013 8:57:38 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

“...after having to spend time in Riyadh.”

Did you even get to see much of anything outside of the Westerners Housing Compound you were probably living in?

I’ve heard that the Saudis don’t want Westerners interacting with their people. Not only that but I’d find it really hard to believe that, outside of some really nice westernized shopping malls and a couple of museums/historic sites, that there really much to do.


28 posted on 07/15/2013 9:42:13 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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29 posted on 07/15/2013 11:47:37 AM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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There go my vacation plans./s


30 posted on 07/15/2013 2:52:13 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: pabianice

Yet Saudi rich quietly go to Israel for their medical care and for that of their family members when they get a serious disease. What huge hypocrites the Moslems are. The know the Jewish state is heads taller than they are in every way and they’re just plain jealous.


31 posted on 07/15/2013 3:29:13 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: allendale

No doubt about it.

Never forget who paid for “walks like a duck” to get into college either.


32 posted on 07/16/2013 9:28:30 AM PDT by bayouranger (“Those Who Are Anti-Islam are a National Security Threat.” - J.Brennan CIA Dir. Feb10)
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