American Jewish Congress Encourages Brussels Airlines to Change Decision to Cease Serving Israeli Food Product on Flights

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 6:39pm

AJCongress President Jack Rosen sends letter to Brussels Airlines CEO

NEW YORK — Recent news reports revealed that Brussels Airlines decided to cease providing an Israeli-made food product on flights in response to pressure from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Jack Rosen, president of American Jewish Congress, a leading advocacy organization committed to ensuring the survival and security of Israel and protecting Jewish communities around the world, sent a letter today to Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin expressing his concerns and calling on the airline to change its decision, as well as released the below statement. The full text of the letter is included below.

“Brussels Airlines has unfortunately succumbed to pressure from the BDS movement by removing a food product from its flights. This decision is yet another example of how bias and hatred can subvert the efforts to find a path toward a two-state solution in the Middle East.

“Though not yet an official policy, the decision by some in Brussels Airlines management to cave in to BDS only drives a deeper wedge between Israelis and Palestinians rather than working creatively to bring both parties to the negotiating table. The transparent attack against the Jewish state through boycotts does nothing to advance the cause of peace and security, and undoubtedly will lead to difficult days ahead for the airline’s commercial relationships with other nations.

“BDS is a destructive, counterproductive force at odds with the goal of bringing Israelis and Palestinians together. I encourage Brussels Airlines to reverse its hasty anti-Israel decision which could have irreparable repercussions for the airline’s reputation, and for those advocating and working toward direct negotiations between the parties. Fairness and justice must prevail on difficult public policy issues that impact millions of lives.”