Sydney – A new partnership between Australia’s national airline Qantas and Emirates Airlines is causing turbulence in the company’s relations with the Jewish community, prompted by fears for the safety of Jews and Israelis who purchase seats on the “Flying Kangaroo.”
The ECAJ’s submission was bolstered last week by Shurat HaDin, the Israeli Law Center. Andrew Hamilton, an Australian-born solicitor for Shurat HaDin, cited the case of Cyril Karabus, a 78-year-old South African doctor who was arrested in August while in transit at Dubai airport. He was tried and convicted in absentia a decade ago for the manslaughter of a three-year-old child in 2002. Karabus was released from jail last month but his passport has been confiscated until he faces court on November 20.
“The proposed partnership will create significant consumer risks for persons transiting via and visiting Dubai,” Hamilton wrote.
In their submission, Shurat HaDin cited media reports saying that in 2010 Dubai announced it would deny entry to all Israelis, including dual nationals traveling on a non-Israeli passport.
“This ban has not been withdrawn and appears to still carry the force of law in the UAE,” Hamilton wrote.
Read letter sent by Attorney Andrew Hamilton.