Air France Under Fire for Omitting Israel

Air France apologizes for failing to include Israel on its in-flight map, but Simon Wiesenthal Center rejects the apology.

Ben Ariel ,

Air France airplane
Air France airplane

Air France has apologized for failing to include Israel or its major cities on its in-flight map, but the Simon Wiesenthal Center said it rejects the apology.

Russia Today reported on Tuesday that Israeli activists had pointed out that Air France failed to include Israel while marking Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The issue with the map, which passengers of Air France flights can use to track progress or just check geography, was noticed by pro-Israel group Stand With Us.

“Apparently, Air France removed Israel/Tel Aviv from their flight tracker map, despite the fact Tel Aviv is one of their official destinations. Additionally, they now note ‘West Bank’ and ‘Gaza Strip’ despite the fact neither of these are destinations of Air France,” the group said in a Facebook post last Thursday, according to the Russia Today report.

A picture confirming the report was taken during a flight from Los Angeles to Paris. Similar images taken on other Air France flights soon surfaced.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center was later tipped off and wrote to the French airline demanding an explanation.

The airline later apologized in a series of tweets, saying, “Air France deeply regrets this incident. It is due to a map scale and display problem which is currently being resolved. Please find image of the in-flight entertainment system working in proper order below. Many thanks.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, however, said on Tuesday it rejects the Air France apology.

In a statement, the organization described the apology as “feeble and totally inadequate.”