New York – Following a press inquiry by The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Delta Airlines removed the word ‘Occupied’ from “Occupied Palestinian Territory” on its list of destinations in the Middle East.
A media relations official from the company said “the phrase was mistakenly posted to our web site and immediately removed when brought to our attention.”
It does not appear that the wording was intentionally used in order to attract customers who would not like to read the word “Israel” when booking a holiday, as Israel can clearly be seen in the list of destinations as well.
The Palestinian territories have no operational airport. The Yassir Arafat International Airport outside Gaza City, which opened in 1998, has remained closed since it was destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces in 2001, shortly after the outbreak of the Second Intifada.