Skip to comments.Saudi Airlines refuses to sell tickets to fliers with Israeli passports
Posted on 07/15/2013 7:10:04 AM PDT by pabianice
Somethings 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 airlines 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 doesnt 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. Its not only illegal; its an affront to who we are, said Public Advocate, and mayoral candidate, Bill de Blasio, who conducted a recent telephone sting on the Mideast nations airline.
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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?
No problem. Just deny Soddy Airlines landing rights at JFK and every other airport in the country.
Exactly my first thought.
Tell them they will lose every terminal they have in the USA if they do not change their policy within 24 hours.
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?
I have an Israeli stamp in my passport. I got it intentionally after having to spend time in Riyhad.
Inbred, goat humping, cave savages.
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.
That is true..Israel’s been doing that for decades..
Anyone would have to out of their minds to fly saudi.
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.
That's what I thought.
They only fly to JFK and IAD.
We have l million Muslim citizens. Many go there to Mecca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
why is this news? saudi arabia is at war with israel. was the USA recognizing passports issued by mussolini in 1942?
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.
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.
It will be at least 3 1/2 years before that can happen.
“...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.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
There go my vacation plans./s
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.
No doubt about it.
Never forget who paid for “walks like a duck” to get into college either.