The Tunisian pilot was expelled by Emirates Airlines for refusing to travel to Israel

Emirates Airlines expelled a Tunisian pilot for refusing to travel to Israel. Monem Sahib Al Tabbaa confirmed the comment on his Facebook page, which he had closed since then.

The Tunisian pilot said: "I do not regret it." The pilot has been suspended from service pending an official hearing.

As the news of his comment spread on social media, many activists denounced the Dubai-based emirate and praised his defiant stance in opposing the normalization agreements signed last year between Israel and several Arab countries. The United Arab Emirates was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, along with Bahrain, Sudan, and, most recently, Morocco.


The Tunisian President, Qais Said, upon his election in 2019, said that Palestine is engraved in the hearts of Tunisians, and "Palestine is not a large area of ​​land registered as real estate."

After Morocco's normalization with Israel, the Tunisian Parliament Speaker, President of the Ennahda Movement, Rached Ghannouchi, said: "We were shocked by this step that contradicts the Arab consensus as expressed by the Arab Peace Initiative. We support the rights of the Ennahda movement." . "The Palestinian people" according to the principle of Arab and Islamic brotherhood and international law.

Both Tunisia and Algeria prevented Israeli aircraft from using their airspace for flights to and from Morocco, forcing them to take an indirect route through Europe. Israeli airlines began operating direct flights between Tel Aviv and the UAE in August. Etihad Airways is the first Emirati airline to fly to Israel with medicines bound for Palestine. According to the Israeli news site, "Globus", Emirates is expected to launch its flights from Dubai to Tel Aviv next month.