British Airline Deletes Israel From Map – To Please Muslims


One can only despair upon hearing news like this.  It’s now come to light that British airline BMI  removed Israel from an electronic map that appears on its flights.

Why? Yep, you guessed it: to avoid angering Muslim passengers.

BMI’s London-Tel Aviv flights, Israel and most of its cities are not marked. Only Haifa was identified – by its Arab name, Khefa.

BMI has now apologised for this, and ‘explained’ that the map was acquired from an airline that flew to several Arab states.

BMI now says it will provide revised maps for its twice daily flights to Israel.

BMI also said it was making every effort not to hurt passengers’ feelings by adopting a nonpolitical position.

Oh, well, that’s all right then…

BMI operates flights from England to several Muslim destinations, including Syria, Lebanon and Iran, but has also recently launched an agreement with the Tourism Ministry to add Israel to its roster.

You may recall that this is the same airline that recently fired a female crew member – for refusing to wear traditional Islamic garb and walk behind male colleagues while briefly in Saudi Arabia.

If Muslims started complaining that it upset them to have Jewish passengers on the same flights, would BMI ban Jews – in order to remain ‘non political’ and avoid angering their beloved Muslim customers…?

Original news story: Ha’aaretz CLICK HERE

5 thoughts on “British Airline Deletes Israel From Map – To Please Muslims

  1. If only serving Halal meat manages to improve the quality of airplane food, you won’t hear me complaining! I don’t know how it is on British carriers, but in the States it’s atrocious. I’ve got my principles, but in this instance I might just give being ecumenical a chance!

  2. Sadly, I wasn’t totally surprised by this news item. It’s in keeping with other and equally moronic concessions that have been granted to appease *some* British Muslims.

    Some Muslims, for example, complained that police dogs that were being used to search the homes and/or premises of terror suspects had bare feet – er yeah, they’re dogs!

    So what happened? The police agreed that from now on, any police dogs entering those premises must now WEAR LITTLE BOOTIES. Can you believe this??

    It beggars belief. And indeed, it would be amusing if it wasn’t part of a much bigger problem. We’ve had cases here where police have declined to search Mosques believed to contain terrorist suspects and/or arms – out of ‘respect’ for Muslims!

    So BMI deleting Israel is just par for the course. LOL LOL LOL – what do you reckon, how long until British airlines will only serve Halal meat…?

  3. This is ridiculous in so many ways.

    I’ll just point out a more obvious one: How can you be on a flight to Tel Aviv, and yet attempt to maintain the pretense that Israel doesn’t exist on a map? Seriously. Merely for consistencies sake, the flight plan ought to read “London – ( )”.
    Try posting that little bit of information at the boarding gate, and it’s evident just how absurd this situation is. It’s a good thing BMI doesn’t operate in China; what’s the likelihood that Taiwan wouldn’t be listed as an independent nation either? It’s only a rogue province, after all!

    What is with this airline?!?

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