Club Med cancels cruise to Lebanon after Jewish groups protest exclusion of travelers to Israel

23 April 2010

The French holiday company, Club Med,  has canceled the Lebanon leg of a cruise in the Mediterranean following protests from Jewish groups. Earlier, Club Med had warned that people with Israeli visas or stamps in their passports would not be allowed to board its cruise ship, the ‘Club Med II’, for the Lebanon-bound leg of the cruise as Lebanese authorities might bar them from entering the country.

The travel advisory drew a strong condemnation from the French Jewish umbrella group CRIF and other Jewish organizations.

"The message is sadly reminiscent of the exclusion policy of World War II Vichy France," the international relations director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Shimon Samuels, said in a letter to Club Med's chief executive. Club Med responded by canceling the Lebanon leg of the cruise. "It will be replaced by a new destination which will be announced soon,” a statement by the leading package travel operator said.

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Nicole Davis

Mon, 26 Apr 2010

There seems to be an underlying thought within the countries of the world, which is gaining fast and furious momentum in society. Israel is the thorn in the side of an entity that wants Israel extinguished, therefore making Jew hating acceptable once again.

ed

Sat, 24 Apr 2010

Club Med did the right thing. France has to deal with the Islamic problem it has allowed asap or the consequences may be tragic!

alain

Fri, 23 Apr 2010

The french need to grow a backbone.