This post first appeared as “‘Delta Gets You There’ (Unless You’re Jewish)” on The Shmooze blog of The Forward.
“Delta gets you there,” but not necessarily if you are Jewish. The airline’s slogan does not seem to completely apply now that it has entered a code-sharing partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, set to begin in 2012.
Soon after an article by Michele Chabin for Religion News Service titled, “U.S. Jews Not Able To Fly On Delta Flights to Saudi Arabia” showed up yesterday on the websites of USA Today and The Huffington Post, a frenzy of commentary ensued.
According to Chabin, citizens of almost all countries are required to obtain a visa in order to visit or enter Saudi Arabia, which is governed by Islamic law. Israelis and travelers with Israeli visas or stamps in their passports are denied visas to Saudi Arabia. Chabin also reports that people with Jewish-sounding last names have also been denied visas.
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