Elder of Ziyon: About Delta, Saudi Arabia and Jews

June 27, 2011

In 2004, the Saudi tourism website did say explicitly that Jews would not get visas. Embarrassed Saudis claimed it was a mistake and that they had no policy to discriminate against Jews.

However, In 1956, it was discovered that the US agreed upon Saudi request not to station any Jewish troops in an airfield in Dharan,  Saudi Arabia.
And in 1975, when the state of California was planning to send some 200 workers to Saudi Arabia, the plan was scuttled when the Saudis said that no “Zionists” would be allowed, and it was pretty clear after a week of talks that they meant Jews.
It seems to me that the anger at Delta Airlines is misplaced. The problem is with Saudi Arabia itself, as well as those that directly enable its policy of discrimination.
These include Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, KLM, Air Canada and SwissAir, all of which directly fly into Saudi Arabia.
Where are the protests in Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Holland and France about having their airlines enforce Saudi Arabia’s discrimination against Jews and Christians (and I imagine Hindus and Buddhists as well)?

this standard of common airline arrangements is not enabling a discriminating power? If it were black folks would Delta feel differently? Sorry Elder… thanks for the history lesson, but screw Delta 


Delta Saudi flap leaves questions of openness to Jewish flyers

June 26, 2011

No Jews, no Bibles on flights to Saudi Arabia?

The Anti-Defamation League said that the Saudi policies are especially burdensome for Jewish travelers.
“Saudi Arabia’s past practice of banning travelers with an ‘Israel’ stamp in their passport from gaining entry into the country runs contrary to the spirit and intent of Delta’s non-discrimination policy,” the ADL said. “While this practice affects all travelers who previously visited Israel, it has a disproportionate impact on Jewish passengers.
“Moreover, Saudi Arabia also bars anyone from bringing into Saudi Arabia religious ritual objects, including religious texts, from any faith other than Islam, effectively banning religiously observant Jews from entering the country.”
The ADL wants all airlines that partner with those that fly to Saudi Arabia to make their practices clear.
In a statement the ADL said, “We expect Delta, and any other American airline which flies to Riyadh or partners with an airline that flies there, to ensure that its passengers — whatever their faith — not be discriminated against, and that no American airline in any way enable, or facilitate this discrimination, whatever the regulations of Saudi Arabia.”

No Jews, no Bibles on flights to Saudi Arabia?

June 23, 2011

Delta Airlines, in its new alliance with Saudi Arabian Airlines, might wind up making a bargain shocking Jews and Christians — no Jews, no Bibles on board to the desert kingdom.

According to Religion News Service,

Saudi Arabia bans anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport from entering the country, even in transit. Many Jews believe the kingdom has also withheld visas from travelers with Jewish-sounding names. As the rumor of no-Jews traveled the Internet all day, Detroit rabbi and blogger Jason Miller points out: The issue here is one of principle. Delta isn’t being forced to include Saudi Arabian Airlines into its Sky Team Alliance. In fact, Delta could stand on principle and refuse to include Saudi Arabian Airlines based on its discriminatory policy. Elaboration is found at USA Today.