When booking tickets from the company’s website, users are required to indicate their nationality. Conspicuously absent from the list of options is Israel.
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According to the newspaper, New York politician Bill de Blasio tried calling the airline to buy a ticket using Israeli nationality, but was refused by the company’s staff.
De Blasio says the company is breaking US law, which stipulates that an airline operating in the country cannot discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex or ancestry.
“No city in the world has closer ties to Israel than we do, and yet Israeli citizens are being discriminated against right here at JFK. It’s not only illegal; it’s an affront to who we are,” he said.
“We won’t stop with just exposing these practices. We’ll pursue this with authorities in Albany and in Washington until Israeli nationals’ rights are respected,” he added.
According to the New York Post, when a member of de Blasio’s staff called the airline pretending to be an Israeli citizen trying to fly from JFK to Mumbai, India, he was told he could not fly with the airline.
“Since you have Israeli nationality, you will not be allowed to go on Saudi Airlines,” the agent said.