Palestinians criticize treatment of Arab passengers
JERUSALEM — A Palestinian official criticized on Wednesday the treatment of two Arab passengers who disembarked from an Israelbound flight after other travellers complained of security concerns. The two passengers agreed to take a later flight from Athens after passengers “persistently and vocally complained” and demanded additional security checks, according to the Greek Aegean Airlines. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said the passengers were treated with “discrimination and prejudice” and called upon the Greek government to compensate the passengers. A letter by the airline’s CEO, Dimitris Gerogiannis, to Erekat later Wednesday said the airline regretted the “unprecedented” incident. A passenger on the flight identified only as Nissim told Israeli Army Radio that one passenger appeared suspicious.