By Paracelsus 55 Comments
Well this certainly has NOT been a good year for Israel diplomacy. The BDS(Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) movement has racked up several impressive victories( such as Stephen Hawking's decision to give a Jerusalem based conference a miss), the International Criminal Court has announced a preliminary investigation upon the attack upon the Turkish freighter Mavi Marmara by Israeli special forces back in 2010 on the grounds that it was carrying a Comoros flag- unlike Israel, India and the US, the Union Of The Comoros has signed and ratified the ICC Convention, a recently discovered memo regarding the cable car deal in London has explicitly referred to Israel ( which the United Arab Emirates does not rcognize or have diplomatic relations with), the EU has banned produce from the "occupied territories"(ie those areas of Jordan and Syria that came under Israeli rule after the "Six Day War" of June 1967 and this just in- Saudi Airlines-which has a code share agreement with US airline Delta- has been accused of refusing to carry Israeli passengers( although why any Israeli- or Jewish person per se with even half a brain- would want to travel to Saudi Arabia, even in transit to another destination- defies my understanding. I for one would NOT care to visit such a regressive polity as the "Kingdom" of Saudi Arabia, in as much as it represents the worst qualities of both an absolute monarchy and a virtual theocracy; not only are avowed Jews banned from entry to it, but Christian worship even in private homes is totally forbidden.).
Whilst Saudi Arabia is within its rights to point out that "when in Rome do as the Romans do", when it seeks to force other countries or airlines to abide by the rules of this bigoted backwater, it is time for US to insist on strict observation of state and federal laws forbidding discrimination based on race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation and if Saudi Airlines refuses to abide by them, then Uncle Sam should give it the old heave ho!
Anybody else think as I do?