Published: 12:10 GMT Daylight Time - Friday 01 July 2011
Delta Air Lines accused of discriminatory business deal
Country/Region: United States, Saudi Arabia
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has demanded that Delta Air Lines ends its partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines after claiming that the latter has discriminatory policies targeting Jews, Christians and women.
|Delta Air Lines, which has formed a new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines|
Under the new Delta-Saudi arrangement, American Jews and non-Jews with an Israeli stamp in their passport may be prohibited from flying into Saudi Arabia, which bases its laws and regulations on sharia and discriminates against non-Muslims and women.
The ACLJ is also asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Congress to investigate the business deal, claiming to be confident that Congress will want to examine it very closely.
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, said:
For Delta to form a business relationship with a country that has a disturbing record of human rights violations is not only problematic, but warrants further scrutiny from the federal government and Congress. Delta says it does not discriminate in its business practices, but then says it cannot control what other nations do. Delta can't have it both ways.
If you choose to do business with a government that discriminates on the basis of religion, ethnicity and gender, you simply cannot brush it aside. We're calling for FAA oversight of this deal and a congressional investigation. Delta can do the right thing - cancel this business relationship - and it should.
The ACLJ has launched a national protest campaign urging Americans to express their concerns over the Delta-Saudi alliance.
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Read the ACLA article - Delta Accused of Discriminating Against Christians, Jews