Arab airline denies claims of discrimination against Israelis
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Arab airline denies claims of discrimination against Israelis

Etihad Airways says it 'welcomes passengers of all faiths' and that it has carried over 1,000 Israeli citizens

Illustrative photo of an Israeli passport (Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an Israeli passport (Flash90)

NEW YORK — An airline owned by the United Arab Emirates said it “emphatically refutes” claims that it excludes Israel from its official travel-route map and refuses to transport Israelis.

In a statement, Etihad Airways wrote that it carried more than 1,000 passengers traveling with Israeli passports last year, refuting assertions made in the New York Post newspaper.

“In fact, we do not discriminate in any way and welcome passengers of all faiths and religions carrying valid documentation,” the statement said.

Etihad said its maps “do not identify countries by name” and that its website lists Israel “as one of more than 150 country options for passenger documentation when booking flights.”

JTA published a brief article last week based on the reporting in the New York Post article.

According to the Post, Etihad is the sole airline that provides service between Abu Dhabi and US cities, including New York, Chicago and Washington.

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