Low-budget Irish airline RyanAir has come under fire on social media by pro-Israel users following a report by World Israel News (WIN) alleging that a flight attendant announced that the flight, bound for Tel Aviv was approaching Palestine.
According to the report, citing Channel 14 News, passengers on the flight from Italy were shocked after the flight attendant repeatedly described their final destination as Palestine, in both Italian and English.
A junior crew member on this flight from Bologna to Tel Aviv made a routine descent PA mistakenly saying ‘Palestine’ instead of ‘Tel Aviv’.
This was an innocent mistake with no intent and was immediately corrected and apologized for by the senior crew member on board.
Despite the article by WIN being the sole English-language news report on the incident, the story has since gone viral on Twitter, with many users on both sides of the debate sharing their reactions.
This user urged the airline not to apologize and emphasized Ireland’s long-standing, popular support for the Palestinian cause.
Another sarcastically labelled the carrier anti-Semite, in reference to the common response by Zionists against any criticism against the terrorist occupation state.
However, not everyone was amused. The account for the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a Jewish human rights organization, suggested that RyanAir should only do business with the Palestinian Authority instead, if it insists on Tel Aviv being part of Palestine.
The city was founded in 1909 as a Jewish suburb of the historic Arab city of Jaffa.
The irony of the Nakba was not lost on this user. Jaffa was the largest city in historic Palestine during the years of the British mandate, with a population of more than 80,000 Palestinians.
Prior to the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel, Zionist militia displaced 95% of Jaffa’s indigenous Arab Palestinian population.