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Jewish Groups Refuse Air France's Apology for Excluding Israel from Map

Though the airline blames the omission on a technical glitch, many Jews want to see more action taken by the airline

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: August 5th, 2015 in News » World

Jewish Groups Refuse Air France's Apology for Excluding Israel from Map

In the wake of recent tensions between French businesses and Israel, it seems as though things are only getting worse, after an Air France in-flight map suspiciously neglected to display Israel, yet was still able to display Gaza and the West Bank.

Though Air France has issued an apology, blaming the mistake on a technical glitch in their mapping software, many Jewish groups are refusing to accept the airline's apology. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had sent a letter to Air France CEO Frederic Gagey asking if Air France had joined the boycott against Israel, remained unmoved by what they believed to be a shallow apology.

Calling the apology "feeble and totally inadequate," the Simon Wiesenthal Center asked that whoever was responsible for the issues with "map scale" and "display problem" be dealt with appropriately, calling on the company to "identify those responsible and take appropriate legal measures against them."

The issue was initially raised by the Israeli advocacy group StandWithUs in a post on their Facebook page.

Though many European business are under pressure to boycott Israeli businesses, many American states are passing legislation banning the boycotting of Israeli goods for political reasons.

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