Pales­tini­ans crit­i­cize treat­ment of Arab pas­sen­gers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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