Saudi Arabia Airlines refuses to issue tickets in New York City for Israelis -- even if they are only stopping off in Saudi Arabia for a connecting flight -- a policy that contradicts federal law, the Jewish Press website reports today (July 17, 2013).
The airline's website asks travelers for their citizenship but does not have an option available for "Israel," although it does have options for other countries -- even Antarctica.
New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was quick to jump on the report, and one of his staff called the airline, saying he was an Israeli trying to fly from JFK to India. The airline agent said he could not fly with Saudi Arabia Airlines.
United States law states: "An air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry." Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia continues to discriminate against Israelis.