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Chinese airline replaces ‘Israel’ with ‘Palestinian Territories’ on in-flight map

Hainan Airlines
Hainan Airlines

A Chinese airline has replaced “Israel” with “Palestinian Territories” on its in-flight multimedia system. Israeli passengers flying from Beijing to Tel Aviv on Hainan Airlines discovered that the word “Israel” was nowhere to be seen on the map.

The screens, which were photographed on the flight which landed on Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport, show Syria, Cyprus and Lebanon clearly. However, only Tel Aviv and Jerusalem appear on the map; Israel has been omitted.

“We thank you for contacting us and turning our attention to this regrettable technical mistake,” Hainan Airlines said in response to complaints by passengers. “The airline is working to fix the maps as soon as possible along with the external software supplier.”

The incident marks the third time in the past few months that an airline has shown that it is sending its passengers to “Palestine” while ignoring Israel. In late August, several Israeli passengers refused to board an Air Serbia flight from Belgrade to Tel Aviv after it was announced that the destination was “Palestine”. At the time, an Air Serbia representative explained to the passengers that “the flight is to Tel Aviv, not to Israel.”

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  • Surrey

    Love it.

  • Thermite

    Excellent! Thank you China!

  • Helen4Yemen

    It is PALESTINE – not Israel

    Plehve: “What sort of help then do you ask of us?”

    Herzl: Russian intervention with the Sultan, in order to secure a charter for
    colonization of Palestine. Herzl’s diary entry of Aug 10, 1903

    • Lonnie Wilcox

      if this is what we as a people have become, puppets of our power hungry leaders then maybe it is time for this world to End

  • Helen4Yemen



    “My readers have a general idea of the history of colonization in other countries. I suggest that they consider all the precedents with which they are acquainted, and see whether there is one solitary instance of any colonization being carried on with the consent of the native population. There is no such precedent. The native populations, civilised or uncivilised, have always stubbornly resisted the colonists, irrespective of whether they were civilised or savage. And it made no difference whatever whether the colonists behaved decently or not.”

  • Aliya Rahma Najihati

    Perfect! Excellent! Thank you China, and Air Serbia (as implied above)

  • Barry

    It is ok for airlines to do this. It is also ok for people to not use those airlines. I am sure the BDSers will spend their parents money flying to China and Serbia to make up for the lost Israeli business.

  • Fayez Lababedi

    China where about one in four of the World population live openly recognising Palestine and rejecting the synthetic state of Israel. Who needs America? After all America is mortgaged to the hilt and who do you think has all that paper? China

  • Rich

    That’s awesome!

  • Gareth Smith

    Must thank the Chinese embassy. Now, what about BA, Qantas, Air France…….and El Al?