The Simon Wiesenthal Center is bringing to attention the absence of Israel from Air France’s in-flight maps.
The Center wrote a formal letter to the airline, inquiring as to why the Jewish state was missing, when sites like Gaza and the West Bank were noticeably present.
The SWC also pressed Air France to declare whether or not it had submitted to boycott Israel campaigns.
“We are asked whether Air France has succumbed to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state by literally wiping it off the map?” wrote Simon Wiesenthal Center Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels to Air France CEO Frédéric Gagey.
Samuels noted that “French members of our Center have sent us, reportedly captured shots from an English and French language Air France flight-path taken last week between New York and Paris,” adding, “The locations ‘Israel’ and ‘Tel Aviv’ are glaringly absent.”
Samuels argued, “If these allegations are bona fide, I, as a Platinum Flying Blue member who regularly flies the Paris-Tel Aviv route, am now gravely concerned regarding the implications for pilot error.”
The Center stressed, “Whether these photos have been doctored or whether authentic, we urge Air France to identify those responsible and to take appropriate legal measures against them.”
“Major airline flights, on landing, customarily thank the passengers for choosing to fly them. If Air France does not immediately remedy this protest, our constituency will certainly make their choice accordingly,” concluded Samuels.
Air France issued a statement on the matter via Facebook, writing, “Deeply regret this incident, due to a map scale and display problem which is currently being resolved.”
The SWC dismissed the apology, calling it “feeble and totally inadequate.”
StandWithUs, a pro Israel organization, likewise brought the problem to Air France’s attention, urging its followers to contact the airline to voice their displeasure.