Flight attendant says Palestine, 'Israel' goes ballistic
Shortly after a Ryanair flight attendant announced that the flight was bound for Palestine, Israeli users on social media are bashing the Irish airline and calling for its boycott.
On a June 10 flight from Bologna, Italy to "Tel Aviv", a Ryanair flight attendant repeatedly announced in English and in Italian that the flight was bound for Palestine, and shortly before landing, she reannounced that the plane is approaching Palestine.
This came as a huge blow to the Israeli settlers on the flight who aggressively attacked the attendant, pressuring her to clarify and apologize. “We didn’t [buy tickets] on the airline to deal with anti-Zionist opinions" from flight staff, a passenger reportedly stated.
“All we wanted was [an announcement] that Tel Aviv is in Israel."
Simultaneously, the flight attendant warned them of causing a disturbance and endangering the lives of passengers on the flight.
"Israel" goes ballistic
In the aftermath of the incident, Israeli users on social media bashed the Irish airline and even called for boycotting it under the pretext of "anti-semitism".
Seeing anti-Palestinians on social media lose their minds over @Ryanair cabin crew announcing their flight as arriving in Palestine really does sum up how fragile the pro-Apartheid Israel position is and also how desperate they are to totally erase and annihilate Palestine.— Gary Spedding (@GarySpedding) June 16, 2023
Ryanair released a statement saying: “A junior crew member on this flight from Bologna to Tel Aviv (10 June) made a routine descent PA mistakenly saying ‘Palestine’ instead of Tel Aviv. This was an innocent mistake with no intent and was immediately corrected and apologized for by the senior crew member on board.”
Meanwhile, social media users from all over the world joined a solidarity campaign with the flight attendant in response to the Israeli online attacks. Additionally, Irish activists reiterated their solidarity with occupied Palestine, encouraging people to travel with Ryanair.
It is worth noting that Irish people have long stood strong with the Palestinian cause, defending the right of Palestinians to resist the occupation and calling for the liberation of Palestine.