Brussels Airlines Serves Up A Steaming Hot Plate Of B(D)S

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My friend Hen Mazzig recently discovered that Brussels Airlines stopped serving an Israeli snack. So he tweeted about it.

Brussels Airlines responded with an unlikely “supplier mistake” excuse.



Perhaps seeing how dumb that excuse looked, they tweeted out a different one – only a minute later.

In other words “We have passengers who would like to boycott Israeli hummus, so we need to cater to them!”

Unbelievable.

Just last year, this was Brussels Airlines:

We didn't only bring the Belgian Red Devils to Israel for their #ISRBEL game, Rackham just joined us here as well to celebrate that we now fly twice daily to Tel Aviv!

Posted by Brussels Airlines on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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They’ve certainly come a long way (so to speak).

In the meantime, Hen has wasted no time in getting the word out.

In a conversation with me, Hen said he discovered this vile behavior after a friend shared a newsflash from Israeli media with him, and asked for his assistance.

Immediately I started tweeting at them and when it got some traction, they had to respond and they gave the most bigoted excuse that they want to “please all”. Yes, they’re boycotting Israel to “please all!” I was so shocked and so was the Internet.. I hope that they’ll take it back, or that it at least damaged them enough to think twice in the future. More importantly, I hope other companies see how being anti Israel can hurt their business. Not only Arab Oil funded media have power, we do too.

We sure do.

In the meantime, I will not only boycott Brussels Airlines but also Brussels Sprouts.

Because I’m a giver.

Update: Brussels Airlines repeat the “bad supplier” excuse here. But their subsequent tweet contradicts this, and reveals their agenda.

Update: And here they are much clearer that this is a BDS thing.

The official reason given by the airline regarding the decision not to serve the product is because the product is produced on illegally occupied land in the West Bank.

“There are many companies which aren’t aware of the conditions under which the products they are buying from Israel are produced,” movement activists wrote in a statement. “The Belgian foreign ministry must intervene and monitor to make sure that there will be no trade with companies based in the settlements.”

Brussels airlines responded, saying “our company provides travelers with a vegetarian option, including dessert. On the Tel Aviv-Brussels line, the local catering company accidentally included a dessert called ‘vanilla halva’ which didn’t comply with the food order we gave them.”

The company added that “the customer who came to us with the complaint brought to our attention that the aforementioned dessert is a controversial product. As a company which serves an international audience full of people from a wide rang of backgrounds and cultures, it is our responsibility to present products which will be amicable to all, and therefore, we decided to change desserts.”

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.