Israeli-Arabs Take Aim at El Al Security

An Israeli-Arab group called for a boycott of El Al airlines to protest security measures the airline takes to avoid hijackings.

Ezra HaLevi,

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An Israeli-Arab group has called for a boycott of El Al airlines to protest security measures the airline takes to maintain its record of zero hijackings.

"The annoying and humiliating checks of Arab passengers are an intolerable form of discrimination," said Amin Makhul of the Supreme Follow-up Committee of the Arabs in Israel (also known as the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee) at a press conference in Nazareth Tuesday.

El Al responded that it operates in accordance with guidelines of Israel’s Aviation Authority. Arutz-7 found that those carrying out security procedures leaving Israel are not associated with El Al, but work for Ben Gurion Airport and a division of the Defense Ministry. Coming into Israel, El Al security officers, trained by official Israeli bodies, question passengers.

The Supreme Follow-up Committee of the Arabs in Israel is the same group that published a position paper last year calling to do away with the uniquely Jewish aspects of the State of Israel. Supreme Follow-up was initially formed as a movement in support of the Israeli-Arab Islamic Movement and its militant leader Sheikh Raad Salah. Most recently, the Committee has announced its intention of fighting the “persecution” it sees against Arab MKs who illegally visit enemy states such as Syria.

Salah, who was present at the press conference, faces charges of incitement to violence after calling for an Israeli-Arab uprising during the construction of the Rambam foot bridge at the Western Wall Plaza earlier this year.

The El Al boycott is the decision of a sub-committee within the organization and has not yet been adopted by the group. At the press conference, however, members said they encourage all Israeli-Arab organizations to comply with the boycott.





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