Too bad we can’t scrub Islamic sharia law, jihad and Islamic intolerance of non-Muslims as quickly and easily as USA Today scrubbed this story from their site.
JERUSALEM — Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly Delta Air Lines flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Although Delta announced in January that the Saudi airline would join its SkyTeam network next year, the implications of the deal only came to light recently, according to people who have scrutinized the details.
Saudi Arabia, which is governed by strict Islamic law, requires citizens of almost every country to obtain a visa. People who wish to enter the country must have a sponsor; women, who must be dressed according to Saudi standards of modesty, must be met at the Saudi airport by a man who will act as a chaperone.
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.
Religious items such as Bibles that are not related to Islam may be confiscated at the airport.
Colby M. May, senior counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, said his office is trying to determine if the agreement runs afoul of U.S. law.
“The very idea that there is a common carrier airline service that would deny an American citizen in America access to their services because they are Jewish or have religious items such as a yarmulke, a cross or a priestly collar, is deeply disturbing,” May said.
May said he is “trying to get answers” from Delta.
“They have not responded in a way that answers the question,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll do so.”
In a statement to Religion News Service on Thursday, Delta said it “does not discriminate, nor do we condone discrimination against any protected class of passenger in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender.”
The airline, which did not deny the new policy, insisted that it has no control over who may fly to Saudi Arabia.
“Delta must also comply with all applicable laws in every country it serves,” adding that passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents required for entry.
“If a passenger travels without proper documents, the passenger may be denied entry into that country and our airline may be fined,” the statement said.
The Jan. 10 agreement allows Saudi Arabian Airlines to become a member of SkyTeam in 2012 after “fulfilling all membership requirements,” according to a SkyTeam statement. The Saudi airline is SkyTeam’s first member from the Middle East.
The policy has deeply angered U.S. Jewish groups, especially since Delta is an American carrier.
“Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, should be strongly condemned for its despicable discrimination against Jews,” said Kenneth Bandler, a spokesman for the New York-based American Jewish Committee.
“For an American company, our nation’s values should trump narrow business interests. Delta should be the first to reject Saudi airlines as a SkyTeam member.”
Dan Diker, secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, said he hoped “Delta will not be complicit with what appears to be a demonstrably anti-Semitic and racist policy by Saudi Arabian Airlines.”
Hope hasn’t gotten the U.S. much lately. Delta will be complicit with enforcing sharia law if they permit this blatant discrimination.
Contact your elected officials and let Delta know your thoughts on their sharia compliance.
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Update: Delta says it doesn’t discriminate, but it will enforce Saudi Arabia’s Arab/Islamic/sharia discrimination:
Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter responded with its non-discrimination policy and posted on their blog:
We’ve gotten questions today from you, our concerned customers, following an article about Saudi Arabian Airlines joining SkyTeam (the global airline alliance that includes Delta as a member). After listening to many of your thoughts today, we’d like to take this opportunity to share some information and help to clarify some of the questions we know you have.
First and foremost, I think one of the most important things to mention here is that Delta does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against anyone in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender.
That said, some have raised questions about whether Saudi Arabian Airlines’ membership in SkyTeam means Delta is adopting any type of policies that could present barriers to travel for some passengers, including Jewish customers. For this particular concern, it’s important to realize that visa requirements to enter any country are dictated by that nation’s government, not the airlines, and they apply to anyone entering the country regardless of whether it’s by plane, bus or train.
We, like all international airlines, are required to comply with all applicable laws governing entry into every country we serve. You as passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents, such as visas and certification of required vaccinations, and we’re responsible for making sure that you have the proper documentation before you board.
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.
Atlas Shrugs has some Delta Sharia Airlines screen shots of Delta’s obvious anti-Semitism and discrimination, and their complicity and compliance with Islamic sharia law.
Imagine this: A decade after a group of Saudis hijacked four American planes, flying two of them into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon, it is considered unthinkable to give a Saudi airline passenger a second look at the security gate. But it is totally thinkable, apparently, to enforce a strict policy of “no-Jews fly.” Amazing. You don’t think Shariah law is coming to America in bits and pieces? Consider the fact that it is against U.S. law to discriminate on the basis of religion. But Delta is doing just that at the bidding of Saudi Arabia. In fact, it is doing the discriminating on behalf of Saudi Arabia. As for me, I don’t understand why Saudi Arabia Airlines is even permitted to land and take off at U.S. airports. Would we allow Nazi Germany’s airlines to land and take off here? Would it have been appropriate for American companies to cooperate with their viciously anti-Semitic policies in the interest of commerce? If Saudi Arabia can leverage its wealth in this way, where do we draw the line? Is there anything Americans and American companies and the American government won’t do when the sheikhs beckon?
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