For probably the first time since 1933, an organized Jewish boycott of German products has been called, following Lufthansa’s admission that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that cannot benefit from the German airline’s special free baggage allowance policy.
INN (h/t bonampak) As Lufthansa’s website explains, Economy Class travelers are permitted one free bag or suitcase of up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds). However, a special baggage policy exists for those traveling to “the United States, Canada, Mexico and Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.”
The more generous policy, which allows two suitcases (up to 23 kilograms each) free of charge, conspicuously excludes travelers to and from Israel.
Asked if this was an accidental oversight by the airline, Lufthansa jumped away from it. The ZOA reports that Lufthansa, in its response, did not dispute or justify the existence of the policy, though it denies that it is discriminatory.
Instead, the German airline referred vaguely to baggage allowances that are “based on economic and commercial factors,” offering no explanationas to how these factors identically affect every Arab/Muslim country in the Middle East, but not Israel.