Belgium’s National Airline Folds to Palestinian Pressure, Removes “West Bank-Made” Israeli Halva Snack From In-Flight Menu
Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s national carrier, recently removed an Israeli halva snack from its in-flight dessert menu because it is produced in the West Bank, Ynet reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, the halva product in question — a 100-gram vanilla flavor bar — is made by the Achva company in the Barkan Industrial Zone near Ariel in Samaria.
The Ynet report said Brussels Airlines acquiesced to a demand by an anti-Israel Palestinian solidarity group to no longer serve the product to its passengers due to its origin in the “occupied West Bank.” The group was reportedly notified about the product by a passenger on one of the carrier’s flights between Tel Aviv and Brussels.
In response to the report, Brussels Airlines called the product’s origin “controversial” and said it had been added to the menu of flights on the Tel Aviv-Brussels route by a local catering company in a move not coordinated with the airline.
In a series of tweets, the airline said, “We have stopped serving that product on our flights, as it was not what we had ordered, it was a mistake by our supplier. We’re an airline, catering to a large international audience, it’s our responsibility to offer products that please all.”
Later on Wednesday, a Brussels Airlines spokesperson told Jewish Agency spokeman Avi Mayer, “Brussels Airlines is not boycotting Israeli products.”
Mayer later tweeted a more in-depth
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