Imagine if an commercial airliner, operating travel services that originating in the U.S., banned blacks, or more pointedly, Muslims, from their flights. Left-wing mobs armed with pitchforks and picket signs would be out en force.
Well, that has already happened, the only difference is that those banned from traveling on the airline are Jews. And predictably, the Left is deafeningly silent.
The Times of Israel reports that Kuwait Air is ending its New York to London service because the airliner refuses to carry Israeli passengers:
“The US Department of Transportation will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, and has mandated that the airline immediately cease that practice and allow Israeli passengers to travel between the US and London,” Anthony Foxx, the transportation secretary, said in a statement on Friday.
“In light of our demands, Kuwait Airways has chosen to cease passenger service from New York JFK airport to London Heathrow by January 18.”
The department had informed Kuwait Air in September that its policies were in violation of US law.
The determination came after a complaint by Eldad Gatt, an Israeli citizen who in 2013 wanted to travel on an Israeli passport from New York to London.
In October, Kuwait Air argued that it operates under Kuwaiti law and thus is not obliged to operate under U.S. law concerning discrimination.
Nonetheless, the US government found that Kuwait Airways unlawfully discriminated against an Israeli passenger in 2013 bound for travel on a New York to London flight.
The Kuwaitis have a short memory. While Israel, at the request of the United States and knowing its Arab neighbors would lose face if they were overtly helped by the Jewish State, did not play an overt role in the first Gulf War, Israel did help the allied forces achieve victory in liberating Kuwait from Saddam Hussein.
The Jewish Virtual Library provides a long list of Israel's contributions during the Gulf War outlining the important role it played in helping the U.S. achieve victory:
- The IDF was the sole military force in the region that could successfully challenge the Iraqi army. That fact, which Saddam Hussein understood, was a deterrent to further Iraqi aggression.
- By warning that it would take military measures if any Iraqi troops entered Jordan, Israel, in effect, guaranteed its neighbor's territorial integrity against Iraqi aggression.
- The United States benefited from the use of Israeli-made Have Nap air-launched missiles on its B52 bombers. The Navy, meanwhile, used Israeli Pioneer pilotless drones for reconnaissance in the Gulf.
- Israel provided mine plows that were used to clear paths for allied forces through Iraqi minefields.
- Mobile bridges flown directly from Israel to Saudi Arabia were employed by the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Israeli recommendations, based upon system performance observations, led to several software changes that made the Patriot a more capable missile defense system.
- Israel Aircraft Industries developed conformal fuel tanks that enhanced the range of F15 aircraft. These were used in the Gulf.
- General Dynamics has implemented a variety of Israeli modifications to improve the worldwide F16 aircraft fleet, including structural enhancements, software changes, increased capability landing gear, radio improvements and avionic modifications.
- An Israeli-produced targeting system was used to increase the Cobra helicopter's night-fighting capabilities.
- Israel manufactured the canister for the highly successful Tomahawk missile.
- Night-vision goggles used by U.S. forces were supplied by Israel.
- A low-altitude warning system produced and developed in Israel was utilized on Blackhawk helicopters.
- Other Israeli equipment provided to U.S. forces included flack vests, gas masks and sandbags.
- Israel offered the United States the use of military and hospital facilities. U.S. ships utilized Haifa port shipyard maintenance and support on their way to the Gulf.
- Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981. Consequently, U.S. troops did not face a nuclear-armed Iraq.
- Even in its low-profile mode, Israeli cooperation was extremely valuable: Israel's military intelligence had focused on Iraq much more carefully over the years than had the U.S. intelligence community. Thus, the Israelis were able to provide Washington with detailed tactical intelligence on Iraqi military activities. Defense Secretary Richard Cheney said, for example, that the U.S. utilized Israeli information about western Iraq in its search for Scud missile launchers (UPI, March 8, 1991).
- Before, during and after the war, Israel also contributed intelligence to the United States.
- Rafael designed the Litening Targeting Pods used to fire precision weapons from the Marines' AV-8B Harrier jets, as well as F-15s and F-16s. Limited use was also made of an Israeli helmet system that allows a pilot to more easily target the enemy without maneuvering the aircraft into attack position.
In fact, so significant were Israel's contributions to helping Kuwait during the Gulf War that in 1991 then-Defense Secretary Cheney said: "We think that the cooperation that we were able to engage in during the war in the Gulf...emphasizes how important the [U.S.-Israel] relationship is and how well it works when put to the test."
As usual, anti-Semites love to avail themselves of Israeli innovation, technology, and substantive aid, while at the same time holding a knife in one hand. Of course Kuwait Air, its Arab neighbors and the anti-Israel Left will claim that this has everything to do condemning Israeli policy and nothing to do with hating the Jewish people, but the intellectually honest know otherwise.