Chinese Airline Labels Israel As ‘Palestinian Territories’

Passengers look on June 12, 2014 at planes belonging to China's Hainan Airlines at the gate at Haikou airport in south China's Hainan province. Hainan Airlines is finalizing a deal to buy 50 fuel-efficient 737 MAX passenger planes from US aircraft maker Boeing, the two companies announced on July 16. …

Ynetnews reports: The Chinese airline, Hainan Airlines, which began operating in Israel half a year ago has come under scrutiny for marking Israel on its multimedia flight system as “Palestinian Territories.”

Israeli passengers aboard the Tel-Aviv-bound plane from Beijing were shocked to discover that the word “Israel” was nowhere to be seen on the map.

The screens, which were photographed on a flight which landed on Tuesday in Ben Gurion Airport, display Syria, Cyprus and Lebanon but only Tel Aviv and Jerusalem appear on the map while Israel is clearly omitted.

The Chinese airline conducts multiple flights in the Middle East but only to Ben Gurion Airport, making the decision to remove the word “Israel” from the map all the more bewildering.

“The flight was wonderful with great service. The aircraft is new and its crew were extremely professional,” Ynet heard from Lior Peleg, the CEO of a tourism company and the former director general of the Nazareth Municipality, who returned to Israel on the Hainan flight.

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