Israeli-Arab and Palestinian abandon plane after passenger complaints


#1

By the time the police arrived to check the two passengers’ passports, finding nothing suspicious, the outcry had spread.

“It started with three or four people and by the end there were 60-70 people standing up, demanding that the pair disembark,” a company spokesperson said. “The pilot said anyone who does not feel safe to fly should disembark and would not be compensated. But by that stage, the two men were in a poor state and wanted to leave themselves.”

Aegean said it had offered the pair overnight stay and transport on Tuesday. They were compensated for the incident and flew to Israel on an El Al flight on Monday.

“We thank again the two Israeli passengers that agreed to disembark for their understanding and collaboration and we apologise for the whole episode which was indeed extremely unfortunate,” the airline added.

Absolutely disgusting, but not unexpected from residents of the apartheid State.


#2

What apartheid state?

Why were the passengers this upset—was it just because the passengers looked different or because they weren’t happy with Greek airport security?

Greece has been known as a haven for terror and some foreign airports lack security measures given the threats against Israel and the USA.


#3

Israeli-Arabs, many of whom serve in the IDF, are caught between two chairs, Palestinian identity and tax-paying residents of the state. Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed in a recent speech that they have the obligation of loyalty along with the privileges of citizenship, but when they are confronted with a lynch mob, how can they be neutral? It is even worse for Christian Arabs as they are pressured and pushed out of places like Bethlehem by the majority. Christians in Gaza have their own set of problems, which by comparison makes living in Israel a walk in the park.


#4

There is probably more to this. Many, many Jewish Israelis are not physically distinguishable from non-Jewish Israeli Arabs. The physical appearance of these men would not have set them apart from the other passengers.

And however the other passengers knew these two were not Jews despite their passports, Jewish Israelis are accustomed to being in the presence of non-Jewish Israelis on a daily basis.

Something else was going on, but the article doesn’t tell us what that is.


#5

They were probably speaking Arabic.


#6

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