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Ali Abunimah reports on a disgusting incident surrounding the recent flytilla, an action in France at the behest of Israeli authorities:

Air France demanded to know the religion of a passenger on a flight from Nice to Tel Aviv and removed her because she is not a Jew.

The 15 April incident, confirmed by an Air France official, may violate international and European law by subjecting prospective passengers to illegal religious discrimination…

Just imagine if a country demanded that Air France question passengers about their religion in order to exclude Jews. And imagine if Air France willingly complied.

More from Abunimah on the documentation of the incident:

The passenger’s account was published by the website of CAPJPO-Euro-Palestine and I have translated the following passage:

A young woman, Horia A., was allowed to check-in normally and then board the aircraft. But a few minutes before take off, a flight attendant arrived at Horia’s seat and asked Horia to come with her. Isolated in a corner of the aircraft, the embarrassed flight attendant asked her a first question:

Madame, do you have an Israeli passport?”

Horia: “No.”

She said no,” said the flight attendant into her walkie-talkie to the ground crew.

Flight attendant: “And now, are you of Israe.. um, are you Jewish?”

Horia: “no.”

Flight attendant into walkie-talkie: “Also, no”

During the next few minutes, Horia could see interactions and comings and goings among Air France personnel, before the flight attendant confirmed to her that she was forbidden to fly, citing “a very complex situation.”

Horia had the presence of mind to ask for a written statement, signed by the Air France employee, who was an accomplice despite herself in her bosses’ dirty tricks.

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  1. pabelmont on April 18, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Once again, Israel provides the MODEL and JUSTIFICATION for a world-wide (BDS-style) boycott, ending (until suitable Israeli compliance with law) all commercial air flights to or from Israel.

    Israel arrogates to itself the right to determine who may or may not fly to Israel based on a discriminatory basis. Very well, that’s their right. But it also the right (I’d say, nearly a duty considering the common Article I of the 4 Geneva conventions, which bind all signatories to ENSURE compliance under all circumstances) to end commercial air-traffic with Israel. (Stranded Israelis can jolly well fly via USA or some other scofflaw.)

  2. lysias on April 18, 2012, 2:35 pm

    So they can stop a Christian who wants to visit the sacred sites in the Holy Land just because he is a Christian?

    Remind me, what were the Crusades about?

  3. Kathleen on April 18, 2012, 3:46 pm

    “Air France demanded to know the religion of a passenger on a flight from Nice to Tel Aviv and removed her because she is not a Jew.” Apartheid unleashed

  4. LanceThruster on April 18, 2012, 4:40 pm

    “Air France – Fly the Quisling skies!”

    “Air France – Vichy do it all for you!”

  5. CloakAndDagger on April 18, 2012, 5:24 pm

    It looks like the activists of the last week have achieved resounding success in displaying the real Israel to the world – probably well beyond their wildest dreams.

    I hope this is a precursor to redoubling the efforts to expose Israel in all its glory to the world – to the point that even the US congress dare not support it.

    Kudos everyone!

  6. eljay on April 18, 2012, 7:53 pm

    What’s the problem here? Everyone knows that if you don’t have an American passport and you aren’t Christian, you’re not allowed to fly to America. Right?

    I wonder if the Zio-defenders will try to smooth things over by pointing out that some of the world’s less-savoury countries wouldn’t be any more accomodating…

    “Israel: We may not be as good as the best but, hey, at least we’re not as bad as the worst!” (c)

  7. Fredblogs on April 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

    This seems rather unlikely since there is no prohibition on non-Jews visiting Israel. Perhaps there was an Israeli by the same name as well as a non-Israeli by that name banned from visiting Israel. But more likely, she had been banned for previous actions and someone screwed up by even asking her if she was Israeli, much less asking her if she was Jewish.

    • Daniel Rich on April 19, 2012, 12:11 am

      @ Fredblogs,

      Q: But more likely, she had been banned for previous actions and someone screwed up by even asking her if she was Israeli, much less asking her if she was Jewish.

      R: Give me next week’s lottery numbers. I wanna in big!

      • Fredblogs on April 19, 2012, 2:54 pm

        1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 is as likely to win (assuming a 6 number lottery) as anything else. Enjoy.

        Kidding aside, figuring out something that happened by reading between the lines is not the same thing as predicting the future. Right now a significant number of people are participating in this “flytilla”. Israel is banning all the ones it knows about. This woman was banned. Figuring out the most likely reason is just a matter of connecting the dots. The only thing that distinguishes this woman’s story from a lot of other flytilla people who have been previously banned from Israel is the questions about her being an Israeli. So you have to think, why would they bother asking her if she was Israeli, much less asking if she was Jewish. This can’t be a general policy, or everyone on the plane would have been asked the same question and received the same result, if a non-Israeli non-Jew.

      • Daniel Rich on April 22, 2012, 9:57 am

        @ Fredblogs,

        Q: reading between the lines

        R: Like in ‘the next level, outside the box, etc.’ do you really want me to think like a consultant with one function braincell?

    • jimdonnellan on April 19, 2012, 10:36 am

      Maybe someone can shed light on the specifics of this situation. I would love to know the thinking behind the action.

  8. atime forpeace on April 18, 2012, 9:00 pm

    It’s a special country for special people, what else can be said about what this experiment supported by the nations of the west and wealth has evolved into, sort of like a frankensteins monster.

    no ammount of hasbara can make this turd smell like anything other than what it is.

    when the levy breaks i’d hate to be in the vicinity, they may need those nukes to threaten national suicide if the world gets any closer, stand back or we will nuke ourselves, i can see it from here all you need is to have vision.

  9. CigarGod on April 18, 2012, 9:43 pm

    I can’t tell if humanity is advancing or retreating.

  10. AJM on April 18, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Anti-gentilism, anti-nonsemitism, gentilephobic, endless possibilities for a new hate word a la anti-Israelism the new anti-semitism.

  11. dbroncos on April 18, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Flyzilla is wrecking havoc on Israel’s image. It’s dragging billion dollar airlines into the BDS fray and that’s bound to make waves. This tactic is producing some unexpectedly good results.

    • Dex on April 18, 2012, 11:27 pm

      Right on….that is why EVERYONE should support BDS! It works….

      If anyone is interested, I came across this debate on BDS the other day (there are 8 parts). I was rather annoyed by the lady speaking out against BDS: she is a Zionist disguised as some sort of “peace advocate.”

  12. RoHa on April 18, 2012, 11:59 pm

    “Air France demanded to know the religion of a passenger on a flight from Nice to Tel Aviv and removed her because she is not a Jew.”

    It’s her own fault, isn’t it?

  13. Fredblogs on April 20, 2012, 4:31 pm

    I was right. She was part of this flytilla. They stopped 21 of 29 of them from getting on the plane. She was one of 8 that got on. I still don’t know why someone asked if she was Jewish, or even if the question came from Israel or some intermediary in the game of telephone that was being played.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.lindependant.fr/2012/04/20/une-carcassonnaise-expulsee-d-un-vol-air-france-vers-israel,132392.php&ei=i8aRT8afC4-hiAeJ_ciKBA&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CEsQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522Horia%2BAnkour%2B%2522%2Bisrael%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26tbs%3Dqdr:d%26prmd%3Dimvns

    • Woody Tanaka on April 20, 2012, 5:52 pm

      “I was right.”

      No you weren’t. You spun some yarn about an Israeli and a non-Israeli with the same name or that she had previously did something wrong. None of those things were shown in the article.

      “I still don’t know why someone asked if she was Jewish, or even if the question came from Israel or some intermediary in the game of telephone that was being played.”

      Did you even read the article you linked to??? In the article she says that she “learned that the person at the walkie-talkie was in contact with Israeli authorities.” So it was the Israelis who demanded the interrigation over whether she was a Jew. (And, really, given such blatant bigotry, you just HAD to know there would be an Israeli behind it…)

      “She was one of 8 that got on.”

      And she also notes that of those who flew on to your Zionist wonderland, some were beaten for the crime of wanting justice for non-Jews, which is apparently a crime which subjects you to a beating in that place.

    • mig on April 20, 2012, 6:53 pm

      So biggest fear now for ziobots is unarmed civilians. Give em’ treatment from M-16.

      ( hold on, they just did )

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