Chinese Airline marks Israel as ‘Palestinian Territories’

Israel marked as 'Palestinian Territories.'

YNET – Israeli passengers were horrified to see Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus appear on their multimedia screens on a Hainan Airlines Tel Aviv-bound flight while the word ‘Israel’ was nowhere to be seen; airline blames technical glitch, issues apology.

The Chinese airline, Hainan Airlines, which began operating in Israel half a year ago has come under scrutiny for marking Israel on its multimedia flight system as “Palestinian Territories.”

Israeli passengers aboard the Tel-Aviv-bound plane from Beijing were shocked to discover that the word “Israel” was nowhere to be seen on the map.

The screens, which were photographed on a flight which landed on Tuesday in Ben Gurion Airport, display Syria, Cyprus and Lebanon but only Tel Aviv and Jerusalem appear on the map while Israel is clearly omitted.

The Chinese airline conducts multiple flights in the Middle East but only to Ben Gurion Airport, making the decision to remove the word “Israel” from the map all the more bewildering.

“The flight was wonderful with great service. The aircraft is new and its crew were extremely professional,” Ynet heard from Lior Peleg, the CEO of a tourism company and the former director general of the Nazareth Municipality, who returned to Israel on the Hainan flight.

“Much to my dismay and surprise, I realized that on the multimedia screens on the plane, the State of Israel was not there. There is a feeling that this is a blow to Israeli sovereignty as the destination of the plane is Tel Aviv.”

Peleg, who frequently travels to China, noted that failure to feature Israel on the map also offends Chinese tourists who land in the “Palestinian Territories” on a flight headed for Israel.

An official from the airline said that the incident occurred as a result of a technical error and that when the plane flew over Israeli territory, the map updated itself with the appropriate correction.

The airline released a statement apologizing for the embarrassment and for any offence caused to Israelis and Chinese tourists alike. “We are grateful that this technical error was brought to our attention. The airline is working to correct the map…It should be noted that Israel clearly appears on the close-up map. We will continue to work to promote Israel as tourist destination in China as we have proudly done so the whole time,” the statement read.

At the end of last April, the first Hainan Airlines commercial flight landed in Ben Gurion Airport which was accompanied by a welcoming ceremony attended by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Transport Minister Yisrael Katz and the Israeli Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai.

The airline currently operates three Tel Aviv-Beijing flights per week which will soon be increased to four. The airline is also considering introducing other flights from Israel in the future

  1. #1 by Blake on 10/27/2016 - 9:34

    It would be right

  2. #2 by Kent Clark on 10/27/2016 - 9:34

    Perfectly correct, there is no country named israel, it is occupied Palestine.

  3. #3 by mahmoodtajar on 10/27/2016 - 9:34

    ”european jewish colonizers must go back to europe, soon!

  4. #4 by Ris on 10/27/2016 - 9:34

    wth is Israel? is that a type of junk?

  5. #5 by Isaac on 10/27/2016 - 9:34

    I am glad they did so. All the land is a Palestinian occupied territory.

  6. #6 by Muerte a israel on 10/27/2016 - 9:34

    Esa es la actitud….BDS…israel no existia antes del holocuento y la asquerosa estrella de David no se menciona en la biblia, solo sale en los libros de hechicería ….Palestina libre

  7. #7 by 5 dancing shlomos on 10/28/2016 - 9:34

    a start
    on next map
    soon to be gone

  8. #8 by Stan on 10/29/2016 - 9:34

    When Israel was created, there were two stipulations made by the UN. The first one was the right of return of any Palestinians who wanted to return. The second one was that if any Palestinians did not want to return to the occupied zone, they had to then be compensated by Israel. Israel has not honored either of those stipulations. Therefore Israel is not a legitimate state and is instead an occupying criminal organization.

  9. #9 by Isaac on 10/29/2016 - 9:34

    #6 Muerte a Israel. Thank you for your comment. You are right. Israel did not exist before the HOLO-HOAX and the so called “Star of David” is not even mentioned in the bible, however it is mentioned in the books of Satanic Cults.

  10. #10 by Jamie on 11/20/2016 - 9:34

    One day Palestine will be free. Israeli terror cannot continue forever, cowards never live forever.

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