The last direct flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv will be on January 4, 2016. The final Tel Aviv to Philadelphia flight will take place the next day.
Ynet (h/t Henry P) Months after representatives of American Airlines visited Israel and claimed that their route between Tel Aviv and Philadelphia is one of the company’s most promising, the company’s management announced that it had decided to discontinue flights to Israel.
The company explained that the cessation is due to financial considerations, but this does not correspond to data company executives gave during their visit to Israel. Following its merger with US Air, American is now one of the largest in the world, said it was considering an expansion of its operations between Israel and the United States.
So What’s really behind American Airlines’ cancellation of the Tel Aviv-Philadelphia route?
JPost The airline said the decision to stop the flights effective January 4 was financial, but an article in The Marker citing unnamed “sources in the aviation industry” claimed the decision was political.
American’s ties with Arab airlines through the OneWorld alliance, the article claimed, “due to the OneWorld global alliance, whose members include Arab carriers like Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian,” were at the heart of the decision.
Others speculated that, following the nuclear deal with Iran, American was trying to pave the way for a Tehran route, and that continuing flights to Israel would be a problem.
In the first nine months of 2015, American Airlines flew about 95 thousand passengers on the Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route and about 95,000 passengers, a 2.74 percent increase compared to last year.
American Airlines recently gave an award to the former chairman of the Arizona Chapter of designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)
Florid Family American Airline’s press release is posted in part below.
FORT WORTH, Texas, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines Group has recognized four employees with the 2015 Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion for their work in making a lasting impression in the workplace and as role models in diversity. These employees have made extraordinary efforts promoting a culture respectful of all genders, races, creeds and abilities.
- Mohamed El-Sharkawy, specialist – Line Maintenance Training, Phoenix El-Sharkawy has served as Chairman of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations for five years, where he encouraged dialogue, protected civil liberties, empowered American Muslims and built coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. He was instrumental in starting the interfaith, intercultural Bridges Employee Business Resource Group and played an integral role educating crew members on Muslim etiquette in preparation for the airline’s route launch to Tel Aviv, Israel.
American Airlines issued the award to Mohamed El Sharkawy in June 2015 but was not publicly known until it was published in American Airlines’ American Way in September according to Understandingthethreat.com. Interestingly, neither CAIR nor CAIR Arizona reported on American Airlines award to Mohamed. The online search results for “cair.com Mohamed El-Sharkawy american airlines” and search results for “cair-az.org Mohamed El-Sharkawy american airlines” indicates that American Airlines award to Muhamed El-Sharkawy was not reported by the Council on American Islamic Relations nor the Arizona Chapter of the Council on America Islamic Relations web sites.
Did American Airlines know the following history regarding CAIR when they awarded Mohamed El-Sharkawy for his work with CAIR Arizona:
- CAIR chapters demonstrated in the streets across America in July 2014 to show their support for Hamas even declaring that “We are Hamas.”
- Omar Ahmad, Chairman and founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told a Muslim crowd Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth. At the Islamic Association of Palestine’s third annual convention in Chicago in November 1999, Omar Ahmad gave a speech at a youth session praising suicide bombers who kill themselves for Islam. Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam — that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam, he said.
- CAIR was incorporated in 1994 by Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom were leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), a now-defunct Hamas organization in the U.S.
- Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director, said I am in support of the Hamas movement.
- Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, told a crowd at a Muslim rally in Austin, Texas in 2013 If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.
- Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians.
- Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was in 1995 designated by the U.S. government in 1995 as a “terrorist and Hamas leader.” He now is a Hamas leader in Syria.
- Randall Royer, CAIR’s former civil rights coordinator, in 2004 began serving a 20-year prison sentence for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres.
- Bassem Khafagi, CAIR’s former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported.
- Rabih Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
- CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case—so named by the Justice Department during the HLF trial.
- The Council on American Islamic Relations is vigorously fighting bills in twenty state legislatures that would prohibit courts from considering provisions of foreign laws including Sharia if they are inconsistent with the United States and state constitutions. Sharia law is antithetical to the rights and liberties afforded under the United States Constitution.