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De Blasio: Saudi Airline Should Not Discriminate Against Israelis

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a Democratic mayoral candidate, wants Saudi Arabian Airlines to end what he says are discriminatory practices against Israelis.

The airline will not sell tickets to passengers with Israeli passports.

Since the airline regularly flies into and out of New York City airports, de Blasio said on "Road To City Hall" on Monday that it is subject to state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

De Blasio has written a letter to the airline's director general, asking that the practice stop immediately.

"Saudi Airlines has to make a choice. They can be fair to Israelis and enjoy the benefits of the American market or we should move heaven and earth to get them out of the American market, to punish them for this blatant act of discrimination," de Blasio said.

Saudi Airlines is part of a consortium called SkyTeam, which also includes Delta.

De Blasio said he will put pressure on that consortium as well. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP