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After Israeli passengers rebuffed, Norwegian Cruise Line cancels Tunisia calls
Miami Herald ^ | Posted on Tuesday, 03.11.14 | BY HANNAH SAMPSON

Posted on 03/15/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT by Eurotwit

Norwegian Cruise Line announced it was canceling all future calls to Tunisia on Tuesday, two days after the North African country refused entry to Israeli nationals who were passengers on the Norwegian Jade.

“We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan said in a strongly worded statement. “We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologize sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”

Just two more sailings were scheduled to stop at the port of La Goulette in Tunis this season. The itinerary will now include Palma de Mallorca in Spain instead. For voyages already planned next winter, Tunisia will be replaced by a sea day.

Norwegian said in its statement that the company employs workers of more than 90 different nationalities and welcomes everyone on its ships.

“The Company does not condone or tolerate discrimination of any type and with these cancellations hopes to send a message to those who do that such acts are completely unacceptable,” the statement said.

Since the incident was made public, the Doral-based cruise line has received communication from customers, human rights agencies and organizations that fight anti-Semitism. On Tuesday, the response to Norwegian’s decision was swift.

Passengers emailed their support. Hundreds of people commented on a post on the cruise line’s Facebook page. And the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai Brith Canada, both of which had expressed outrage initially and urged Norwegian to cancel calls to the country, wrote statements praising the action.

“We applaud the courageous and responsible decision of Norwegian Cruise Line in standing up to the discriminatory policy of the Tunisian government,” ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cruise; israelis; tunisia
Follow up to the earlier story about the Israeli passengers being denied entry into Tunisia. Great to see an international company stand up for what is right.

Cheers, or I guess it should be Mazel Tov :)

1 posted on 03/15/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit

Good for NCL.


2 posted on 03/15/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT by freedom1st
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To: Eurotwit

Discrimination on grounds of national origin should not be tolerated. The only real victim of official Tunisian anti-Semitism... was Tunisia’s own tourism prospects.

I applaud the company for cancellation of future port calls in Tunisia. Its heartening to see a company stand up for its customers these days. Norwegian Cruise Lines absolutely 100% did the right thing here.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 9:27:15 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: freedom1st

I wish Mr. Sheehan a Happy St. Pats day


4 posted on 03/15/2014 9:27:35 AM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Eurotwit

Ah, Tunisia, another Obama Arab-Spring success story.


5 posted on 03/15/2014 9:27:59 AM PDT by keat
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To: Eurotwit

Good for the Norwegians.

Bomb Obama’s Muslim friends in Tunisia.


6 posted on 03/15/2014 9:32:18 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: keat

What the f is there to see or due in Tunisia?


7 posted on 03/15/2014 9:36:10 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Eurotwit

Good to see these stories exposing how an Islamic government is run by the Koran! So the reaction by the so-called Islamic scholars, fatwa against NCL next?


8 posted on 03/15/2014 9:37:31 AM PDT by SIRTRIS
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To: chiefqc

Star Wars was filmed there.


9 posted on 03/15/2014 9:41:37 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: chiefqc

10 posted on 03/15/2014 9:41:50 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: Menehune56

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.


11 posted on 03/15/2014 9:43:49 AM PDT by Eurotwit
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To: chiefqc
What the f is there to see or due in Tunisia?

They have beaches, and ancient ruins of things like Carthage and Roman colonies:


12 posted on 03/15/2014 9:45:07 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: goldstategop
Discrimination on grounds of national origin should not be tolerated. The only real victim of official Tunisian anti-Semitism... was Tunisia’s own tourism prospects.

It might have been "official Tunisian anti-Semitism", or it might just have been the Tunisian government not wanting to risk having Israelis murdered there by local jihadis (which would REALLY have shut down tourism).

13 posted on 03/15/2014 9:48:33 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625

The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman legions. The Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn't hold. They were massacred. Arab women stripped them of their tunics and their swords and lances. The soldiers lay naked in the sun. Two thousand years ago. I was here.

14 posted on 03/15/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT by x
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To: Eurotwit

Well done, NCL.

It certainly does send a strong message, a whole bunch of tourist money won’t change hands in the destination country. Also- the door is open for other cruise operators to follow suit.


15 posted on 03/15/2014 9:49:22 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Eurotwit
I think some flunky muzzie from the passport checkpoint got his ass canned...

I find it hard to believe this is state sanctioned policy...

Even for Tunisia...

16 posted on 03/15/2014 9:49:47 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: x

*grin

I have the DVD sitting right here next to the monitor.


17 posted on 03/15/2014 9:53:58 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: PapaBear3625

There are beaches in Alantic City and many other costal cities in America and there are ruins in Detroit and many other American cities.


18 posted on 03/15/2014 10:23:30 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: chiefqc
What the f is there to see or due in Tunisia?

Need your passport stolen??
Come to glorious muslim Tunisia!

19 posted on 03/15/2014 10:27:01 AM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Eurotwit
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

LOL!!

20 posted on 03/15/2014 10:28:17 AM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: PapaBear3625
Come also to glorious muslim Afghanistan and see the wonders of the great historic giant Bhuddas!

Wait.
...never mind...

21 posted on 03/15/2014 10:31:48 AM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: PapaBear3625

Do we need a Carthage do-over?


22 posted on 03/15/2014 10:35:11 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: publius911

Do they arrange overnight dates with goats?


23 posted on 03/15/2014 1:24:46 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Eurotwit

I would say that a lot of their money comes from Jewish passengers. Good for the Norwegian Cruise Line taking a stand against discrimination.


24 posted on 03/15/2014 1:30:20 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: x

“Arab women stripped them of their tunics and their swords and lances... I was here”

But the Arabs weren’t, of course.


25 posted on 03/15/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: x

Great scene, that scene alone revealed more about the man than the entire rest of the movie.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 1:44:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

“Good for the Norwegians.”

Of the Miami-Dade Norwegians, of course.

NCL isn’t exactly Norwegian.


27 posted on 03/15/2014 1:46:31 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy
But the Arabs weren’t, of course.

True (and the scene was shot at an actual Carthaginian/Roman ruin but in Morocco).

28 posted on 03/15/2014 1:51:30 PM PDT by x
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To: Eurotwit

A company just earned my business if I ever cruise. It is refeshing seeing a company stand up to the Islamic thugs finally.


29 posted on 03/16/2014 10:42:05 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Eurotwit

xlnt


30 posted on 03/16/2014 10:51:12 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: chiefqc

home of the tuna salad


31 posted on 03/16/2014 10:53:01 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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