Tunisia: Cruisin’ For A Losin’


As I enjoy my hard boiled egg, tuna and eggplant sandwich, affectionately known in Israel as a Tunisian sandwich, I am pleased to report to you a sweet little BDS Fail that has entered my newsfeed this AM.

2 days ago, a group of Israelis were enjoying a fine vacation when their Norwegian Cruise Line ship entered their port of call in Tunis.  Everyone on the boat disembarked and enjoyed a full day of excursions and tours of the fine city of Tunis.  Everyone, that is except for the Israelis. As the Tunisian tourist ministry said, “Those people did not meet their visa requirements.”

This morning Norwegian Cruise Lines has this to say:

NCLThe government of Tunisia refused to allow Israeli nationals the right to disembark Norwegian Jade in the Port of La Goulette, Tunis on Sunday, March 9, 2014. In response to this discriminatory act, Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has cancelled all remaining calls to Tunisia and will not return.“We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologize sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”

Norwegian Cruise Line employs more than 90 different nationalities and welcomes people of all nationalities aboard its vessels. The Company does not condone or tolerate discrimination of any type and with these cancellations hopes to send a message to those who do that such acts are completely unacceptable.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has taken an amazing stand against hate and discrimination and for that we applaud them.  Meanwhile, the Tunisian government’s own discriminatory policy has just done a great disservice to the humble merchants in the Port of Tunis. Let’s see what they have to say about that.

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